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Research Article

Cosmetics as a Feature of the Extended Human Phenotype: Modulation of the Perception of Biologically Important Facial Signals

  • Nancy L. Etcoff mail,

    netcoff@partners.org

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Shannon Stock,

    Affiliation: Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Lauren E. Haley,

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Sarah A. Vickery,

    Affiliation: Procter & Gamble Beauty & Grooming, Procter & Gamble Cosmetics, Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States of America

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  • David M. House

    Affiliation: Department of Computer Sciences, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: October 03, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025656

About the Authors

Nancy L. Etcoff, Lauren E. Haley
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Nancy L. Etcoff, Lauren E. Haley
Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Shannon Stock
Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Sarah A. Vickery
Procter & Gamble Beauty & Grooming, Procter & Gamble Cosmetics, Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States of America
David M. House
Department of Computer Sciences, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: netcoff@partners.org

Competing Interests

The authors have read the journal's policy and have the following conflicts: this study was funded by P&G Beauty and Grooming, where SAV is employed as a Principal Scientist. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NLE. Performed the experiments: LEH. Analyzed the data: SS LEH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DMH SS SAV. Wrote the paper: NLE LEH.