||[Oct. 13th, 2007|07:11 am]
LOL. The scary sheep. One of my favorite things Evar.
And I'm not sure if THIS is true or not, but supposedly:
Blue eyed people are naturally more attracted to other blue-eyed people because they are instinctively trying to keep the blue eyed gene alive. ( Blue eyes are recessive, but brown eyes are dominant. )
- In my personal experience, this is false. I have green eyes, and have dated more then one person who has blue eyes.. but I don't know which is dominant between blue and green.
I was thinking more about this during my shower. Various thoughts:
1. Interestingly, the results of the study were only about persons' (specifically, adult white persons') attraction to headshots of random, average persons of the opposite sex: they weren't about the eye color of these persons' actual boyfriends, girlfriends, and spouses; they weren't about their attraction to certain celebrities (or others) who are generally deemed quite attractive, or celebrities (or others) who are commonly said to have especially good-looking eyes (regardless of color).
2. I wonder whether certain groups of the population (for example, blue-eyed men who are assessing women) are more attuned to others' eye color than others are.
3. The paper about the study included samples of the original and doctored photos that were shown to the test subjects. In each instance in the paper, you got to see the original photo right next to its doctored version, and you could look at this pair of photos without seeing the text that labelled which one was doctored. For each pair, I had an almost instant feeling about which photo was doctored and which one wasn't—and, in every case, I was right. This wasn't the result of being able to detect a poor Photoshopping job or anything like that. There was just something that made me able to tell who should have what color of eyes. I wonder whether this detection ability is commoner among blue-eyed guys than among other persons.
4. A lot of facial factors other than eye color go into my assessment of who's most attractive (among celebrities, for example). Also, other eye factors, besides color, go into assessment of who has the prettiest eyes. But, when I try to concentrate really on whose eyes look especially attractive to me, it seems I get the most attraction to some blue-eyed examples (and I am a blue-eyed guy). For some reason, blue-eyed Avril Lavigne is one who always comes to mind.
5. When I look at brown-eyed people and concentrate on their eyes, there's something a little creepy-feeling to me about people with light-brown eyes (obviously, no offense meant to anyone with light-brown eyes). But I know someone else who thinks light-brown eyes are fine but who doesn't like very dark-brown eyes; this person doesn't like not being able to distinguish easily between pupil and iris in those with very dark-brown eyes.
6. My two girlfriends who have had the prettiest eyes have been (at least as I assess them at this stage in life) the first one with green eyes, and the present one, who has black (or very dark brown) eyes. But I think this depends on more than just the color: it's also about shape, placement, the style of eyelid, the eyebrows, the color and length of eyelashes, &c.—not to mention animation and emotion. Even though I'm probably generally most attracted to blue-eyed girls, the fact is that it's my black-eyed girlfriend who has the eyes that I love to watch and stare into. :)
Anyway, I'll stop babbling.
You don't happen to have a link toa website that has these doctored photos, do you? I'd be really interested in seeing them.
And aww. You love your girl. Good stuff. :)
2007-10-13 10:28 pm (UTC)
Here ye go!
Took me a while to find the online version again.
The abstract of the paper about the study is here
Webpage of the actual paper is here
PDF of the actual paper is here
Careful when scrolling down to the photos under the heading "Section 1": the paragraph just beneath the photos reveals which ones are doctored.
My recollection is that I saw more sample pairs, perhaps elsewhere; but I could be wrong.