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The Golden Ratio: The power of attractionScience project video

Abstract

Our attraction to others may be rooted more in math than in a beautiful smile or pretty eyes. The Golden Ratio is a theory based on the ratio of dimensions of facial features in relation to the dimensions of the face. In this science fair project, you will determine the effects of the Golden Ratio by having participants view photographs of faces and rate their attractiveness.

Objective

Test the validity of the Golden Ratio.

Scientific Terms

Golden Ratio

Background

The golden ratio is a mathematical formula that appears to explain why we find objects aesthetically pleasing based on the proportion of 1.618. For example, if you were to measure the length of your head from the top of your head to the bottom of your chin, as well as the width of your face, and divide the sum of these two figures by the larger figure, your face would typically fit the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio can be found throughout nature and is frequently used by plastic surgeons to determine the best dimensions for our faces.

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