Agriculture
Fast-flying fungal spores
Getting the dirt on carbon
Got Milk? How?
Amphibians
Salamanders and Newts
Salamanders
Newts
Animals
The Secret Lives of Grizzlies
Fishing for Giant Squid
Life on the Down Low
Behavior
How Much Babies Know
Talking with Hands
A Recipe for Happiness
Birds
Backyard Birds
Lovebirds
Nightingales
Chemistry and Materials
Music of the Future
The Buzz about Caffeine
Hitting the redo button on evolution
Computers
Hubble trouble doubled
Galaxies far, far, far away
A Classroom of the Mind
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Ancient Critter Caught Shedding Its Skin
A Really Big (but Extinct) Rodent
Downsized Dinosaurs
E Learning Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
Surf Watch
Earth Rocks On
Sky Dust Keeps Falling on Your Head
Environment
A Newspaper's Hidden Cost
Pollution Detective
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
Finding the Past
A Long Haul
A Big Discovery about Little People
Stone Age Sole Survivors
Fish
Great White Shark
Lungfish
Hammerhead Sharks
Food and Nutrition
Healing Honey
Chocolate Rules
Packing Fat
GSAT English Rules
Pronouns
Who vs. Whom
Order of Adjectives
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
10 Common Mistakes When Preparing for the GSAT Math Test
Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Scholarships
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
GSAT Mathematics
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
Math of the World
Math is a real brain bender
Human Body
What the appendix is good for
Attacking Asthma
Smiles Turn Away Colds
Invertebrates
Leeches
Starfish
Ticks
Mammals
Moose
Bloodhounds
Little Brown Bats
Parents
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
What Not to Say to Emerging Readers
Physics
Spin, Splat, and Scramble
Speedy stars
Echoes of a Stretched Egg
Plants
A Giant Flower's New Family
Farms sprout in cities
Pumping Up Poison Ivy
Reptiles
Snapping Turtles
Anacondas
Box Turtles
Space and Astronomy
Melting Snow on Mars
Burst Busters
An Icy Blob of Fluff
Technology and Engineering
Roll-Up Computer Monitors to Go
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Algae Motors
The Parts of Speech
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Problems with Prepositions
Adjectives and Adverbs
Transportation
Troubles with Hubble
Middle school science adventures
Robots on a Rocky Road
Weather
Where rivers run uphill
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
A Dire Shortage of Water
Add your Article

Face values

You know which faces you find attractive, but why? A delicate look, a bright smile, pretty skin, big eyes ó itís hard to resist such features. Itís also hard to define them. Psychologists have been working for years to close in on the age-old question: Why do people find certain faces more attractive than others? Scientists are now using computer graphics and other imaging techniques to answer this question. Their studies are beginning to reveal what makes a face attractive and why. And for the record, researchers have determined that beauty is not just skin deep. A recent study suggests that in males, a good-looking mug may be a sign of good genesach person has his or her own opinion as to what beauty is. But scientists say there are some facial characteristics that most people from all cultures agree are attractive: averageness, symmetry and sexual dimorphism. Averageness is a term used to describe how unusual or strange a personís facial features are. Having a high degree of averageness can be a good thing, even if having an ďaverageĒ face may sound bad. To simulate averageness, scientists use computer-imaging techniques to combine images of many faces to create a single face. The composite, or average, face resembles a real human face. But surprisingly, the composite looks only a little like any one of the faces used. And studies done in the early 1990s showed that such ďblendedĒ faces are more attractive than the originals. A face can look off if one side is different from the other. Using computer technology, the face at far left has been made more asymmetrical, or unequal, than the original face in the middle. The face on the right has been made more symmetrical, so that both sides of the face are more equal. www.faceresearch.org Researchers also define facial beauty by how symmetrical features are: That is, how well one side of the face matches up with the other. A slight droop in one corner of the mouth or difference in the arch of an eyebrow can make a face look a bit off. Sexually dimorphic characteristics ó those that make females look more feminine (think of a stereotypical cheerleader) and males look more masculine (think of a stereotypical football player) ó are also a plus the researchers found. Studies show that how feminine or masculine a face is can make the difference between a face thatís hot and one thatís not. Obviously, you can learn a bit about someone just by looking at his or her face: gender, age and race, for example. But what about a personís personality or health? Can your face reveal this information about you? New studies suggest the answer is maybe. Psychologist Hanne Lie of the University of Western Australia in Perth and her colleagues recently studied how facial averageness relates to a personís genes. The scientists focused on a cluster of 128 genes that plays an important role in the immune system, the bodyís defense against illness. This cluster is known as the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC. In their study, the researchers found that males who scored high in facial attractiveness also had greater genetic diversity in their MHC. Lie and her colleagues reasoned that more average faces have a higher MHC diversity. Perhaps a more diverse MHC means a healthier, more attractive, and therefore better mate. en tend to find more feminine-looking women - those with bigger eyes and lips, for example - more attractive. Here, computer technology has made a face more feminine (far left) and more masculine (far right) than the original face (middle). www.faceresearch.org Other studies also suggest links between attractiveness and health. A 2000 study at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., showed that people who scored high in symmetry and averageness were also considered to be healthier. And a 2004 study found that people with healthier-looking skin were judged to be more attractive. Some researchers are now using brain scans to see how the human brain responds to attractiveness. In 2007, scientists used fMRI to see how people reacted to faces that were ugly, pretty or neutral. The study showed that peopleís brains had strong responses to pretty faces and ugly faces, but showed less response to middle-of-the-road faces. By figuring out how the brain responds to such dramatic differences in attractiveness, researchers hope to understand how the brain reacts to more subtle, or less dramatic, differences. In the meantime, bear in mind that your mug may be revealing more than you think. So remember to always put your best face forward.

Face values
Face values








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™