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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?!  Science is a B*TCH but I friggin love b*tches. Even though this article has absolutely nothing to do with b*tches I just found that referencing b*tches was a great way to start an article focused on science. Don't you think? I THINK SO!! Anyway, there was a study published in Psychological science that says that people are perceived to be more attractive by others when in groups. This may be the reason why women love boy bands so much. This could also be the reason why I found the members of Destiny's Child and the Spice Girls to be like the sexiest women on the planet. It's just science.

There has been many names given to this psychological phenomenon over the years. Some called it The Cheerleader effect, The Bridesmaid Paradox, Sorority Girl Syndrome or The Spice Girls Conspiracy. All these were simply theories but science has proved it all to be very legit thanks to the concept of Hierarchical encoding. Hierarchical encoding is a psychological phenomenon that causes us [male and female] to see average faces as more attractive in groups, likely due to the averaging out of unattractive idiosyncrasies.

Here’s the findings from the study abstract:

(a) The visual system automatically computes ensemble representations of faces presented in a group,

(b) individual members of the group are biased toward this ensemble average, and 

(c) average faces are attractive. Taken together, these phenomena suggest that individual faces will seem more attractive when presented in a group because they will appear more similar to the average group face, which is more attractive than group members’ individual faces.

They seem hot, but only as a group. Take each individually? Sled dogs.” Does the quote sound familiar? If you watch the hit show, "How I Met Your Mother" then you'd probably have heard Barney Stinson say that. It seems like he was right but i'm still not very convinced that the study is 100% accurate. There are times when I found a woman in a group attractive but there are also times when I found a woman to be attractive all by herself. I can't really say which makes them more attractive. This study also applies to males but it can be more relevant to women since women are more conscious about their looks [That's scientifically proven]. No one should be called "unattractive" but according to science, you are just not as attractive when you are by yourself. I didn't say that, science did, so if you want to get angry at anyone, get angry at science because science is a B*TCH!! My name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.

QUESTION: Do you find people in groups to be more attractive or do you find this study to complete bullsh*t?