In a world where some Jews still get nose jobs in an attempt to look less Jewish, it is invaluable to have Nancy Etcoff, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, explain why people react the way they do to beauty and appearance.
For those already planning their fall calendar, on September 1, The New York Academy of Sciences will present “Survival of the Prettiest: Evolution, Beauty, and Human Happiness: An Evening with Nancy Etcoff,” which follows up on Etcoff’s influential 2000 study, “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty,” which offers biological evidence of how beauty enhances survival in a Darwinian world.
Etcoff’s early work on stereotyping is still influential, and is cited today by Israeli researchers in papers ranging from “Exploring the Association between Israeli Legislators’ Physical Attractiveness and Their Television News Coverage” to “References among Jewish-Israeli recipients of donor insemination” to “What if Your Daughter Married a Jew?: The Dissociation of Stereotypic Trait Judgments from Prejudicial Attitudes.”
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