Limbal rings (dark rimmed eye irises) and beauty. May 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Rob 2 Comments

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? We cast a glance at the pupil, iris and white of the eye, and discover that love is far from blind. Plus we find out how a roving eye can be good for your relationship.

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Provine et al. confirmed that a reddened sclera is less attractive than whiter-than-white whites of the eye, whilst Peshek and colleagues showed that a dark limbal ring (the narrow circle at the edge of the iris) also boosts your beauty. Modified from Joanna Malinowska/

The articles covered in the show:

Provine, R. R., Cabrera, M., Brocato, N. W., & Krosnowski, K. A. (in press). When the whites of the eyes are red: A uniquely human cue. Ethology. Read summary

Peshek, D., Semmeknejad, N., Hoffman, D., & Foley, P. (2011). Preliminary evidence that the limbal ring influences facial attractiveness. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 137-146. Read paper

DeWall, C. N., Maner, J. K., Deckman, T., & Rouby, D. A. (2011). Forbidden fruit: inattention to attractive alternatives provokes implicit relationship reactance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(4), 621-629. Read summary


  1. I like the way you used the phrase "beauty in the eye of the beholder" - literally:)

    I also used this phrase in my own research. I believe facial features are the most important component in mate selection - the decisive factor. Beauty indeed lies in the eye of the beholder, since particularly women very often disagree with each other when rating men's faces. Faces which at first glance seem equally attractive.
    Therefore, there is a distinction between "objective beauty" and sex appeal.
    If you are interested I can send you a free copy of my ebook for a review.

    Thanks for your time!

    Joseph Danrock

  2. LOL look at the limbal ring on this girl:


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