HamzaJennings.com: Gaze ‘key to facial attraction’
Allah says: “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest…” Surah Al Nur, ayah 30-31
You can alter your attraction to the opposite sex simply by looking straight at them and smiling, research suggests.
A study of hundreds of volunteers at Stirling and Aberdeen Universities found averting the eyes even a fraction can make you appear less attractive.
In the Royal Society’s Proceedings B journal, they say the direction of gaze plays a role alongside a symmetrical face or healthy skin.
An expert said it may stop people wasting energy on pointless courtships.
The study used pictures of male and female faces which had been subtly digitally manipulated.
In one picture, a woman might be looking straight at the camera, while in the next, a tiny adjustment meant she would be looking marginally to the left or right.
The difference was so small that it was not immediately obvious to the viewer.
However, after these pictures were shown to 460 men and women, who were asked to rate them for “attractiveness”, it became clear that it was having a pronounced subliminal effect.
In some pictures, there was an eight-fold difference in ratings between the “straight to camera” and averted gazes.
Source: Hamza Isa Jennings’ Blog
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