Viren Swami, Ph.D.
YouBeauty Attraction Expert
Dr. Viren Swami is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Westminster in London, England. Malaysian-born and British-educated, he is internationally recognized as an expert on interpersonal attraction and appearance-related issues. Much of his work adopts a cross-cultural perspective and he has developed a particular interest in perceptions of ideal body size in different national and cultural settings. His research also focuses on body image, particularly the promotion of healthier self-perceptions, and he currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Body Image. Dr. Swami’s other research interests are eclectic and he has previously published peer-reviewed articles on, among other things, conspiracy theories, tattoos (of which he has several), mental health literacy and aesthetic preferences. He has published some 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, has edited two volumes of chapters (“Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction” and “Body Beautiful: Evolutionary and Sociocultural Perspectives”), and is the author of “The Missing Arms of Venus de Milo” and (with Adrian Furnham) “The Psychology of Physical Attraction.” He lives in London with his partner Amy and their dog Brick.
Articles by Viren Swami, Ph.D.
- Do We Choose Partners that are Similar to Us?
- How Weight and Waist-Hip-Ratio Relate to Health
- Is There an Ideal Waist-to-Hip Ratio?
- The Science of the Hourglass Body Figure
- All About Women’s Body Shape
- What Qualities Do We Find Attractive?
- Why Do We Think Beautiful = Good?
- The Social Animal
- Introducing The Rules of Attraction