237) found almost all 18 women he rated to be "unattractive." Because raters differ strongly in terms of how they rate interviewee's attractiveness and because most of them did numerous interviews and ratings, this source of variation needs to be taken into account when testing for average race differences in ratings of attractiveness. If many of us (including the authors of this post) were judged throughout our lives based on our physical attractiveness as a teenager, a lot of us would be in trouble! Here is a chart of the four waves and the age groups of the four waves: Note that only Wave IV actually consists of "Adults".
In fact, the range of ages for Wave I and Wave II is 12-22, with an average age of about 16 for both waves. Adult researchers (unfortunately we couldn't find out information about the actual interviewers themselves) went into the homes of these participants and rated their own subjective view of the physical attractiveness of the study participants on a scale from 1 to 5 (ranging from "very unattractive" to "very attractive").
Many people's responses were emotionally charged, and rightly so.
Many African American women, who must experience discrimination all their lives, were upset and hurt.
Other critiques attempted to be analytical, but didn't address the key issues, or attacked the entire field of evolutionary psychology because of one member of the discipline (see my thoughts on that here).
The largest student organization in London (representing 120,000 students) demanded Kanazawa's discharge from LSE.
Here's the graph that shows the distribution of ratings (in percentages) for 1564 European Americans, 553 African Americans, 97 Native Americans, and 96 Asian American females (with arithmetic means below each group): We also analyzed the data for the men in the sample and the same wave and found that the race group differences for the males was : this result is not statistically sound though as it does not take into account dependency of the datapoints due to the use of the same raters).
The immediate and far-reaching responses to his controversial conclusions led Psychology Today to first change the blog's title and later to retract it altogether.So discussions of this topic using data from the dating website OK Cupid really aren't appropriate here.Only in Waves 3 and 4 were the participants old enough on average (M = 22.2, SD = 1.9 and M= 29.00 SD = 1.8, respectively) to be actually called "women" and "men" instead of girls and boys.For Waves I and II in particular, the ratings couldn't possibly (we hope!) be referring to ratings of the attractiveness of these kids.