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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17B47C - Is There a Shape in Beauty? A Quantitative Approach to Facial Attractiveness

Apr 24, 2017 2:15pm ‐ Apr 24, 2017 2:45pm


This lecture will focus on factors that control self-perception of facial appearance. How does facial shape influence our opinion about our appearance? To what extend do personality and self-esteem affect our perception? Which facial features tend to have the most significant impact on self-perceived facial beauty? Three-dimensional photogrammetric images and psychometric data from a large population of young adults will be presented in order to address the abovementioned research questions. The outcomes of geometric morphometric methods for 3D analysis of facial shape will be discussed, in combination with results from standardized questionnaires assessing personality traits and self-esteem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the effect of physical and psychological factors on self-perception of facial appearance.
  • Evaluate differences between genders in self-perception of facial attractiveness.
  • Assess the role of the orthodontist in affecting patient’s self-perception of facial attractiveness.


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