Concentrating on beauty: Sexual selection and sociospatial memory

David Becker, Douglas Kenrick, Stephen Guerin, Jon K. Maner

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In three experiments, location memory for faces was examined using a computer version of the matching game Concentration. Findings suggested that physical attractiveness led to more efficient matching for female faces but not for male faces. Study 3 revealed this interaction despite allowing participants to initially see, attend to, and match the attractive male faces in the first few turns. Analysis of matching errors suggested that, compared to other targets, attractive women were less confusable with one another. Results are discussed in terms of the different functions that attractiveness serves for men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1652
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Episodic memory
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Face recognition
  • Interpersonal perception
  • Physical attractiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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