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A study in the journal Psychological Science has shown that a person will rank higher on a scale of attractiveness when compared alongside less fgiend people than when judged in isolation. S cientists at Royal Holloway University asked study participants to rate the fat trixie of different faces shown in photographs.
The viewers were then told to re-assess the same faces after pictures of other less desirable people had been placed alongside.
Dr Nicholas Furl, who conducted the study, said: The new research follows previous investigation into the effect on perceived attractiveness of appearing alongside people of the opposite sex, which found that married men are ffiend thought of as more attractive than bachelors.
Scientists believe the phenomenon could be explained by evolution, as, in the animal kingdom, male creatures with more mates are often considered loooking superior. Experiments with grouse in the s found that researchers were able to boost the popularity of a male simply by placing models of female birds around it.
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