1st Edition

Physical Appearance, Stigma, and Social Behavior The Ontario Symposium Volume 3

Edited By C. Peter Herman, Mark P. Zanna, E. Tory Higgins Copyright 1986

    Originally published in 1986, this book grew out of a symposium held in 1981 at the University of Toronto on physical appearance as a determinant of personality and social behavior. There is little doubt that one’s appearance has some impact on the way one is perceived and treated; and presumably, owing to the socially reflected nature of the self, one’s personality likewise will be affected by one’s appearance. The questions arising from these basic observations and assumptions are many, and the expert contributors were invited to discuss their research on some of the implications of individual differences in appearance as they ramify into personality and social interaction. The chapters in this volume are the outcome of those discussions and cover the areas of facial attractiveness; physique; impact on social behavior, and deviance. Still a topic of interest to this day, this book can now be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    Preface.  Part I: Facial Attractiveness  1. Stereotyping Based on Physical Attractiveness: Issues and Conceptual Perspectives Karen K. Dion  2. From the Eye of the Beholder to Behavioral Reality: Development of Social Behaviors and Social Relations as a Function of Physical Attractiveness Judith H. Langlois  3. Psychological Adjustment of Patients with Craniofacial Deformities Before and After Surgery Arlette Lefebvre and Ian R. Munro  Part II: Physique  4. The Social Psychological Effects of Overweight William DeJong and Robert E. Kleck  5. Causes and Consequences of the Current Preference for Thin Female Physiques Janet Polivy, David M. Garner and Paul E. Garfinkel  6. The Psychology of Height: An Empirical Review Julian V. Roberts and C. Peter Herman  Part III: Impact on Social Behavior  7. Physical Appearance and Social Influence Shelly Chaiken  8. The Role of Olfaction in Social Perception and Behavior John M. Levine and Donald H. McBurney  Part IV: Deviance  9. Maturation and Social Behavior: A Framework for the Analysis of Deviance Gregory Northcraft and Albert Hastorf  10. The Measurement of Attitudes Toward Physically Disabled Persons Jerome Siller  Part V: Commentary  11. The Question of the Importance of Physical Attractiveness Ellen Berscheid.  Author Index.  Subject Index.


    C. Peter Herman, Mark P. Zanna, E. Tory Higgins