Friday 8th July: “Just a pretty face? The origins of facial attractiveness” Carmen Lefevre
(nearest station-Farringdon & Barbican)
The focus on beauty and physical attractiveness is ubiquitous in our society, with many celebrities being celebrated for their appearance. So what is that makes one person more attractive to another and why do we react so strongly to these cues of beauty? In this talk, Carmen Lefevre will look at physical attractiveness through an evolutionary lens, discussing how beauty may be the consequence of an evolved signalling system of biological properties. She will also discuss the effects the environment you find yourself in may shape who you find attractive and whether and how we can change our own levels of attractiveness to others.
Dr Carmen Lefevre is a Research Associate at UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change. Carmen is a psychologist with an interest in facial appearance and person perception. Her recent work seeks to understand how we can successfully encourage people to adopt positive lifestyle changes.