Facial resemblance in couples
It is widely believed that couples look alike. Consistently, previous research reported higher facial similarity for couples than non-couples, and that facial similarity predicts marital satisfaction. However, it is unclear if facial similarity in couples shown in previous studies was solely driven by extrinsic features like hairstyle, glasses, etc. Also unclear is what attributes are perceived as similar from the faces of a couple.
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She bore a striking resemblance to her then-boyfriend, Greg — from their hair colors and complexions down to their facial expressions — and for years, people had commented that they looked related. Their worries turned out to be for nothing, and the New Hampshire couple married last year. Lookalike couples have captured public fascination for years. Back in , scientists from the University of Michigan set out to study the phenomenon of married couples who grow to look more alike over time. Their theory, which scientists still cite today, was that decades of shared emotions result in a closer resemblance due to similar wrinkles and expressions.
You've probably noticed a connection between how many years a couple has been together and how much they look like each other. Any couple has many things in common, and some even have similar facial features. But there are couples who look as if they are brother and sister. We at Bright Side have also noticed such a tendency, and we decided to find out what scientists think about this interesting phenomenon.