Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Milton J. Bennett
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication
1 online resource (301 p.)
Before any words are spoken, an individual's appearance is his or her first line of nonverbal communication with the rest of the world. Prior research conducted on physical attractiveness has been vague and contradictory and has not assessed its many components. Rather, past investigators have perceived physical attractiveness as a "unidimensional" concept.
Several phases were involved in the task of proving or disproving the hypotheses of the study. The first general phase began with the selection of photographic subjects, progressed into the creation of a set of photographs which were to become the stimuli, and proceeded to the selection of the photo judges, whose evaluations would determine the final select group of 18 photographs and their physical attractiveness intensity levels.
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Smith Hunter, Jewel Marianna, "A Multidimensional Analysis of Physical Attractiveness in the Formation of First Impressions" (1986). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3634.