Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Oxygenated-blood colour change thresholds for perceived facial redness, health, and attractiveness

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Blood oxygenation level is associated with cardiovascular fitness, and raising oxygenated blood colouration in human faces increases perceived health. The current study used a two-alternative forced choice (2AFC) psychophysics design to quantify the oxygenated blood colour (redness) change threshold required to affect perception of facial colour, health and attractiveness. Detection thresholds for colour judgments were lower than those for health and attractiveness, which did not differ. The results suggest redness preferences do not reflect a sensory bias, rather preferences may be based on accurate indications of health status. Furthermore, results suggest perceived health and attractiveness may be perceptually equivalent when they are assessed based on facial redness. Appearance-based motivation for lifestyle change can be effective; thus future studies could assess the degree to which cardiovascular fitness increases face redness and could quantify changes in aerobic exercise needed to increase facial attractiveness.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere17859
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages5
JournalPLoS One
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Mar 2011

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Face colour, health, lifestyle and attractiveness

    Perrett, D. I., Re, D., Whitehead, R., Stephen, I. D., Coetzee, V., Lefevre, C. E., Moore, F. R., Xiao, D. & Ozakinci, G. 2011 p. 23

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  2. Perceptions of carotenoid and melanin colouration in faces among young Australian adults

    Pezdirc, K., Rollo, M. E., Whitehead, R., Hutchesson, M. J., Ozakinci, G., Perrett, D. & Collins, C. E. Mar 2018 In : Australian Journal of Psychology. 70, 1, p. 85-90 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Emotion-color associations in the context of the face

    Thorstenson, C. A., Elliot, A. J., Pazda, A. D., Perrett, D. I. & Xiao, D. 27 Nov 2017 In : Emotion. In press

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Own attractiveness and perceived relationship quality shape sensitivity in women’s memory for other men on the attractiveness dimension

    Watkins, C. D., Nicholls, M. J., Batres, C., Xiao, D., Talamas, S. & Perrett, D. I. Jun 2017 In : Cognition. 163, p. 146-154 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding and TEM reveals different ecological strategies within the genus Neogloboquadrina (planktonic foraminifer)

    Bird, C., Darling, K. F., Russell, A. D., Fehrenbacher, J. S., Davis, C. V., Free, A. & Ngwenya, B. T. 29 Jan 2018 In : PLoS One. 13, 1, 26 p., e0191653

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Autophagic flux blockage by accumulation of weakly basic tenovins leads to elimination of B-Raf mutant tumour cells that survive vemurafenib

    Ladds, M. J. G. W., Pastor-Fernández, A., Popova, G., van Leeuwen, I. M. M., Eng, K. E., Drummond, C. J., Johansson, L., Svensson, R., Westwood, N. J., McCarthy, A. R., Tholander, F., Popa, M., Lane, D. P., McCormack, E., McInerney, G. M., Bhatia, R. & Laín, S. 23 Apr 2018 In : PLoS One. 13, 4, 21 p., e0195956

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Body density of humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) in feeding aggregations estimated from hydrodynamic gliding performance

    Narazaki, T., Isojunno, S., Nowacek, D. P., Swift, R., Friedlaender, A. S., Ramp, C., Smout, S., Aoki, K., Deecke, V. B., Sato, K. & Miller, P. J. O. 12 Jul 2018 In : PLoS ONE. 13, 7, 23 p., e0200287

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Compositionality in animals and humans

    Townsend, S. W., Engesser, S., Stoll, S., Zuberbühler, K. & Bickel, B. 15 Aug 2018 In : PLoS One. 16, 8, 7 p., e2006425

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Context or composition: how does neighbourhood deprivation impact upon adolescent smoking behaviour?

    Morris, T., Manley, D. & van Ham, M. 8 Feb 2018 In : PLoS One. 13, 2, 16 p., e0192566

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. PLoS One (Journal)

    Cresswell, W. (Reviewer)
    23 May 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. PLoS One (Journal)

    Young, S. (Reviewer)
    7 Jun 201719 Jun 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  3. PLoS ONE (Journal)

    Schwarz-Linek, U. (Reviewer)
    Mar 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  4. PLoS One (Journal)

    Hughes, D. J. (Reviewer)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  5. PLoS One (Journal)

    Smith, T. K. (Member of editorial board)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

ID: 38620952