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What are the Causes, Implications, and Uses of Facial Asymmetry?

High School
Leland High School
Graduation Year
Student review
At the start, my research paper plan felt very vague and up in the air, but as the sessions progressed, everything came into place with the help of my mentor, which pleasantly surprised me.

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Project description

Facial asymmetry is a superficial aspect of human appearance with complex origins. This literature review examines and evaluates the most significant causes of facial asymmetry—from genetics to lifestyle and the aging process. Although these factors are intricately interrelated, lifestyle and environmental factors affect the development of the facial asymmetry more than genetics. Lifestyle habits alter originally genetically symmetric faces or contribute further to genetically asymmetric faces. Despite not pertaining fully to neither genes nor environment, aging also affects facial asymmetry. Although facial asymmetry seems solely external, it is important to study facial asymmetry because it may have far-reaching implications that can be utilized practically. It is known to influence interpersonal and societal treatment, due to the conflation of facial symmetry and attractiveness and thereby better treatment. It could also result in interesting uses in health care and diagnoses because of its potential indications on health and well-being, yet this requires further research.

What are the Causes, Implications, and Uses of Facial Asymmetry?
Project outcome

Submitted paper to Columbia Junior Science Journal for publication and presented at Fall 2022 Symposium of Rising Scholars

Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Psychology, Genetics (regular), Cellular and Molecular, Cancer, Neuroscience
Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative diseases, Psychology, Cancer biology, Cancer therapeutics, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Scientific communication
Mentor review

She was very helpful, in that she not only reviewed my work, but also offered resources for the general researching process, accessed some restricted research papers for me, and was an overall kind and easygoing mentor that encouraged me along the way.