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date: 12 December 2019

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This article highlights the complexities inherent in researching appearance. It considers several key constructs and theoretical approaches derived from evolutionary, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives which have been proposed to explain how we make judgements concerning appearance both in relation to ourselves and to others. In order to maximize the potential contribution to knowledge, the article advocates a pluralist approach to theorizing. It concludes by offering a broad biopsychosocial framework developed from the research of a large collaboration of UK-based researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: appearance psychology, pluralist approach, biopsychosocial framework, research

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