Correlational findings

Study Volk & Quinsey (2002): study CA Ontario 1997

Infants, portrait of which rated by parents and non-parents, Kingston, Canada, 1997
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 20
Non Response
Behavioural observation
Rater (parents and non-parents) were shown slideshows of pictures of 20 infant faces and asked to rate the infants concerning desire to adopt it, resemblance, happiness, health and cuteness


Authors's Label
Adoption Preferences
Our Classification
The 20 infants had later been rated for cuteness, health, resemblance and happiness (independent variable in this analysis).
Raters were asked to rate their desire to fictionally adopt each of 20 infants on the basis of pictures of faces presented in a slide show
Rated on a 1-10 scale

Ratings made by parents (not the parents of the portraits infants) and non-parents. Parents were selected from community, mean age 43, Non-parent first year undergraduate student, mean age 20 years.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-CA-m-rdv-n-7-a r = + p < .01 Males   r = +.09 (01)
Females r = +.21 (01)
A-CA-m-rdv-n-7-a rpc = - p < .01 rpc negative among both males and females when controled for:
- resemblance
- cuteness
- health