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The science and perception of beauty

Is beauty just a modern obsession or is there a deeper meaning behind our drive to appear younger and more beautiful?


Is beauty just a modern obsession or is there a deeper meaning behind our drive to appear younger and more beautiful? On the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the origin of species, Dr Paul Matts (Olay Research Fellow) and evolutionary biologist Dr Bernhard Fink (University of Goettingen) reveal the science behind our obsessive search for perfect beauty and youthful looking skin. The raise the questions:

Why does the beauty catfight owe less to haute couture and more to principles of sexual selection?
Why is beauty in women and men valued differently and where do the differences lie?
Where do the obsessions we developed millions of years ago lie, deeply embedded in our perceptions of healthy, youthful beauty - however sophisticated we appear to be?
How can we deconstruct a single face - and determine how to make it one, five or more than 10 years younger in the blink of an eye?

Join Dr Matts and Dr Fink as they take you on a journey through their research into the evolution and psychology of beauty that puts you alongside Darwin on the beauty jury.

This event is supported by P&G Beauty


Speaker(s):

Dr Paul Matts | talks | www
Dr Bernhard Fink | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

24 November 2009 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London
W1S 4BS
020 7409 2992
http://www.rigb.org/

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