I'm interested in Evolutionary Psychology and the male perception of female beauty. One of the ideas I'm trying to investigate is the correlation between female fertility and her attractiveness. A figure I heard several times is that at around age 25 females are the most fertile and thus most attractive.

I'm trying to verify this experimentally. It seems to me like a simple experiment would be to present an observer with a lineup of photos of the same woman at different ages. Everyone has photos at different ages, but I'm looking for the one where the posture and facial expressions are controlled, as to reduce variation due to factors other than age.

My question is - Are there posture controlled lineups of the photos of age progression from 15 to 50 that I can use for such experiment?

This image is from a video of a woman aging, but it has no age indication. I'm looking for something with shorter age gaps (15-16-17-18-...50). It seems one of the relevant search terms is "age progression" are there others? enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting experiment. Are you looking for photos of people digitally aged or naturally aged? Do you think that would make a difference? $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2018 at 12:02
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    $\begingroup$ Ideally these women would be naturally aged, as part of the attractiveness effect appears to be attributed to the effects of hormone levels, primarily estrogen. Part of the experiment is understanding if the male eye is capable of distinguishing these very subtle differences (94% peak estrogen vs 99% peak estrogen). Digital photo aging does not have hormonal effects. $\endgroup$
    – Alex Stone
    Apr 8, 2018 at 4:01
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not aware of a dataset like that, but it could certainly be done by digital manipulation of photos (there is really good software for that nowadays that makes incredibly realistic-looking stimuli). I don't know if you meant that you wanted actual photos though? $\endgroup$
    – lindlesby
    Apr 11, 2018 at 7:59
  • $\begingroup$ I don't feel like digital manipulation would create a difference as subtle as 22 years old vs 23 vs 24 years old. $\endgroup$
    – Alex Stone
    Apr 13, 2018 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ I feel the question in the title of the post is very different from the bolded question in the body. The title asks about a phenomenon, while question in the body asks for a dataset to test such phenomenon. $\endgroup$
    – Justas
    Jun 24, 2019 at 18:34


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