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The Eye of the Beholder and the Mind of the Beheld *

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Abstract

The concept of beauty changes over time and often differs among societal groups. How strongly do societal conceptions of beauty shape an individual's self-image? There are many fascinating questions you could choose to explore with surveys on this subject. For example, how well do girls' ideas of what is attractive in boys agree with boys' expectations about what girls find attractive (or vice versa)? Try your survey with different generations to see how conceptions change over time. If you have contacts in a foreign country who could help distribute a survey for you, you could compare results across cultures. (Idea from Collins, 2003)

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Bibliography

Collins, L., 2003. "Mirror Mirror on the Wall, What's My Body Image After All?" California State Science Fair Project Abstract [accessed February 1, 2006] http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/History/2003/Projects/J1703.pdf.

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