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MELONS™ L1 – THE L1 METHOD – “Good Looks”

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Attempts to find out what makes a person physically attractive date back at least to the Ancient Greeks. Plato wrote that the ideal face should have a width two-thirds of its length, and that a nose should be no longer than the distance between the eyes. His theory of ‘golden proportions’, while not necessarily accepted by researchers today, nevertheless represented an attempt to define a fundamental preference for symmetry that scientists say is a highly evolved trait seen in both humans and animals. Human babies, for example, spend more time staring at pictures of symmetric faces than they do at photos of asymmetric ones. In the bird kingdom, female swallows prefer males with longer and more symmetric tails, while female zebra finches mate with males with symmetrically colored leg bands.

In the first paragraph, babies are mentioned because they _____

  1. prefer faces with symmetric features.
  2. have highly evolved symmetric traits.
  3. react negatively to asymmetric images.
  4. display the same preferences as birds.

Main Melons to apply:

  • L1 (Lexicon)

Other Melons you can apply:

  • E1 (Enactment Method)
  • L1 (Language Method)

  • Question of

    Date back

    • count down
    • to have existed for a particular length of time
    • a date in the past
  • Question of

    Ideal

    • most suitable
    • most prevalent
    • most ideological
  • Question of

    No longer than the distance between the eyes:

    • Not longer than the distance between the two pupils
    • Not longer than the distance between the farthest ends of the eyes
    • Not longer than the distance between the closes ends of the eyes
  • Question of

    nevertheless

    • although
    • however
    • never the less
  • Question of

    Fundamental preference

    • final choice
    • initial choice
    • Basic choice
  • Question of

    Symmetry

    • both sides being different
    • both sides being the same
    • one side bigger than the other
  • Question of

    Evolved trait

    • A quality that develop in a person with growing up
    • A quality that is found in babies
  • Question of

    Zebra finches

    • Babies of zebras
    • a type of birds
  • Question of

    In the first paragraph, babies are mentioned because they _____:

    • have highly evolved symmetric traits.
    • react negatively to asymmetric images.
    • prefer faces with symmetric features.
    • display the same preferences as birds.

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