Relevant Background Information:
• There are 4 different mini studies in this one study.
• Infants stared at the monitor screen featuring two pictures. One attractive, one unattractive. Their preferences were measured by gazing.
• The got the faces from a database that were already rated attractive or unattractive.
• The babies got breaks.
• Supports NATURE

•Whether Infants would gaze longer at attractive or unattractive faces.
Study 1:
1. Replicate, with a different sample of faces and raters, Langlois finds that adults judge faces to be attractive
2. Investigates whether infants prefer average faces
• Adults rate the attractiveness of individual and mathematically average faces
Study 2:

Participant Group:
Study 1:
56 undergraduate students (28 men and 28 women) recruited from introductory psychology classes at UT
Study 2:

60 healthy full term infants
35 boys and 25 girls
Volunteers from the University of Texas at Austin all within 3 weeks of their 6 month birthday

Research Method:

How was data collected:
Two independent observers watched the babies by a tape so they didn’t know what face the baby was starring at.

What type of data was collected:
quantitative and qualitative

Study 1:
33 slides on a projector screen and judged their facial attractiveness on a 5-point scale. 10 random samples were presented approximately 1 s each before the rating session began to allow the judges to see the range of attractiveness in the sample.

Special equipment / materials

The attractiveness to faces defered with gender, race, and age.


• High degree of control


Ecological Validity
Very low - it's in a lab.