Blog post 3
The topic of symmetry was fascinating since I only knew that we find people who are more symmetrical as more attractiveness. Symmetry is the equivalence a person has comparing the sides of their body and face. All people are different on their two sides of the body, but it is the extent of it that determines how symmetrical one is. Low body symmetry is when a person is less symmetrical on the two sides of their body and that the differences are more drastic. Where high body symmetry is the opposite and is when someone is more symmetric and similar on both sides of their body. It has been known that low body symmetry plays a part in animals’ genetics and health, but recently they have found that it also can play a role in human’s health. People with low symmetry are a sign of predicted worse genetic, physical, and mental health. This is usually due to genetics; therefore, we tend to prefer those who are more symmetric for the health of our offspring. Since we all have our unique smell, people are more attracted to the smell of high symmetry.
I found this to be remarkably interesting since no one is perfectly symmetrical so the idea that the more symmetrical you are the better is crazy since most of the time we do not notice it immediately. I was also surprised to learn that body symmetry is an indication of a person’s health. Unconsciously we must know this since when females are in their fertile phase, they find the smell of high body symmetry men to be more attractive. Symmetry is interesting since we not only notice it visually but also through smell.
A video I found gave a good explanation about body symmetry and attractiveness:
Rosenblum, L. D. (2011). See what saying: the extraordinary powers of our five senses. W.W. Norton.