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Want to Know Your Exact Body Measurements? University Calls for Volunteers for Attractiveness Test

The research team is using Brunel's newly acquired NX-12 3D body scanner to safely measure a person's shape and degree of symmetry (i.e., the subtle size differences between the left and right sides of your body). Using powerful cameras, the scanner produces a 3D image of your body allowing for hundreds of measurements to be extracted instantly with sub-millimetre accuracy.

Symmetry is believed to be related to why others find us physically attractive, with past research suggesting that more symmetrical people have more attractive voices, odours, and faces than less symmetrical people. Dr. Brown and colleagues in the United States previously found that more symmetrical individuals are also better dancers, and published this finding in the prestigious journal Nature.

In their current research, the team is looking at body ratios and their relationship to symmetry. For example, it is commonly believed that women find a triangular body shape attractive in men - this new research is seeking to find out if more symmetrical men fit this body type.

The team is hoping to collect data from as many people as possible before publishing findings later in the year. Taking part in the study would involve a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes of your time. Your body scan will be kept strictly confidential, and before it is presented to participants in other studies, your face will be fully masked to hide your identity. In exchange for participating, you will be provided with a list of exact measurements for a variety of your bodily traits, as well as an image of your body in three dimensions.

Potential volunteers are encouraged to contact the team at