The Average Faces of Women Around the World

The Average Faces of Women Around the World has published the results of a recent experiment where experimental psychologists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have combined the faces of women around to world to approximate the "average face" of each country. Using a modern version of the technique that Sir Francis Galton pioneered in the 1800's, multiple images of faces are aligned and composited together to form the final result.

There is already controversy surrounding the results. Some people feel that the average is "too attractive." Part of this is explained by the process. Instead of having a lot of blurry images with undefined features, this method averages the shape of the features before blending the images together. Also when blending, remember that many singular issues are "averaged away." The study also does not reveal how the participants were selected or how large the sample size actually is.

No conclusive evidence, however, on Polish women's propensity for bangs.

average faces of women around the world

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John P. Hess's picture

These are all beautiful

Robert Gilbert's picture

HEy John! I watched a lot of your videos, very informative, professional and funny. The one talking about seeing dfferently and ending talking about your father. Fantastic. Thanks for taking the time.

Salguod Xam's picture

Beauty is often a property of symmetry, and thanks to the way they average out features a great deal of symmetry is created as an artifact of the image prossesing.

culprit's picture

Thanks. I thought they all looked TOO beautiful to be average

Felicianomiko's picture

Yeah, I know I'm not that symmetrical. Average was looking awfully good looking there.

Juan Pablo Wärthon Wu's picture

I actually feel that some of them are too average that they don't look attractive

Debt Blag's picture

Think of this parallel: I'm
a pretty awful singer, but if you put me in a room with other awful
singers, my off-key flat notes get balanced out by others' off-key sharp
notes and vice-versa, and combined, we don't sound terrible. I believe that's what's happening here.

LongLiveHHDL's picture

I'm a musician, singer, guitarist, pianist; I strongly disagree with that.

Tangpoon's picture

Wrong. A flat note is just that: flat. If you place that note next to the correct note or even a slightly sharp note, it just creates dissonance. Even if you have a large group of people singing the correct note and you sing slightly flat, the note will sound flat.

Juan Pablo Wärthon Wu's picture

And that's why most of those girls look awful

Markus Hausammann's picture

Ok, you tried to find a parallel but you looked in the wrong place. a mixture of off-keys does in no way create a correct tone because the notes are not averaged, they're heard all at once which results in a cacophony that is hard to tolerate. But @disqus_On1qhRnpAY:disqus is also wrong. A flat note is only relatively flat, if everyone is the same amount flat, everything is fine. This only becomes a problem, if correctly tuned instruments are involved as well.

shaunthebrummie's picture

compare the white european ones to the comparison....

Juan Pablo Wärthon Wu's picture

Yea, but there are white girls in the other countries as much as I'm aware, the problem comes when countries are multiracial, because there the face gets critically affected

Marissa Leigh's picture

Since the US is made up of immigrants from other countries, it wouldn't make sense to include it in this research project.

Ryan's picture

You mean the U.S. is an interesting mix of numerous cultures? I think it would be very interesting to see one done on the U.S.

D. Harris's picture

The U.S. is multi-ethnic. The United States already has its own culture and language...

Guest's picture

US already has its own culture? Since when? its a country which is made up of immigrants and as definition goes talking about immigrants in US is like fooling around with people who are living there from bit less time then so called native US citizens.

LemmeSplain's picture

Um, jazz, rock n roll, the vast majority of cinema (both modern and historical), american abstract art...I could go on. Yep, you might not like it, but Smerica does, indeed, have it's own culture.

Markus Hausammann's picture

True that, looking at pop music in general. And interestingly, most of the muscial styles from gospel, jazz, rap, etc. were rather pioneered by the afro-american part fo the population.

jerry tosh's picture

america does have it's own culture.. but i wouldn't say it as it's own as in it was always there.. all the things you stated derived from other places even music.. jazz rock and roll developed later after classical music which was also inspired by other cultures needless to say. So america may have it's culture now.. but it's simply just a culture they got by stitching different things together and then advancing on them.

Mike Holton's picture

...just like every other culture.

Reggie's picture

Well they did until the late 1400s, the immigrants wiped most of it out though

Derya's picture

i dont think they have any culture or language. But as a matter of fact, they pronouncing it as every humanbeing can understand easily. Which the way I like

Pilar Echeverría's picture

But this conclusion is exactly the case of Brazil as well. Brazil is not only a multi-ethnic country, but also a REAL mixed country (much more than US; believe me - I'm not Brazilian, but I already lived there).

Dijana's picture

If you were to mix all of the races/nationalities up - you'd get everyone looking the same. The facial features of a certain nation is what distinguishes that nation (that's how these photos were made).

The only thing you CAN do is use this analogy - Scandinavians settled to Nebraska mostly - therefore fair hair and blue eyes.

See who settled where, observe the facial features of majority of ppl and compare to these.

Anthony Hope Marris's picture

Umm... Anyone notice the average Brazilian lady? Talk about a composite... Everyone is a mix of many different races, the only difference is the length of time they've been left alone to foster a unique culture. Don't forget we all walked out of Africa together.

Clovis Hianne's picture

not together.... and not at the same period at all....

Dijana's picture

Well, now that you've mentioned it, everyone does look like an amoeba ;)
That's going too far into the past.

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