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      Always on My Mind? Recognition of Attractive Faces May Not Depend on Attention

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          Little research has examined what happens to attention and memory as a whole when humans see someone attractive. Hence, we investigated whether attractive stimuli gather more attention and are better remembered than unattractive stimuli. Participants took part in an attention task – in which matrices containing attractive and unattractive male naturalistic photographs were presented to 54 females, and measures of eye-gaze location and fixation duration using an eye-tracker were taken – followed by a recognition task. Eye-gaze was higher for the attractive stimuli compared to unattractive stimuli. Also, attractive photographs produced more hits and false recognitions than unattractive photographs which may indicate that regardless of attention allocation, attractive photographs produce more correct but also more false recognitions. We present an evolutionary explanation for this, as attending to more attractive faces but not always remembering them accurately and differentially compared with unseen attractive faces, may help females secure mates with higher reproductive value.

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                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                29 January 2016
                : 7
                1Human Cognition Laboratory, Department of Basic Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Minho Braga, Portugal
                2Department of Physics, School of Sciences, University of Minho Braga, Portugal
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                Edited by: Steffen Landgraf, Universität Regensburg, Germany

                Reviewed by: Norman Li, Singapore Management University, Singapore; Yanjie Su, Peking University, China

                *Correspondence: Joana Arantes, joana.arantes@

                This article was submitted to Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

                Copyright © 2016 Silva, Macedo, Albuquerque and Arantes.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 10.13039/501100001871
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