I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, I did a brief search and didn't find anything, so if there is, please feel free to ignore. So I'm taking Social Psychology this semester, which is a really interesting course, and right now we're talking about beauty and attractiveness. It turns out that when we see attractive faces and bodies, the same pleasure centers in our brains activate that activate when a cocaine user sees cocaine paraphernalia, a hungry person sees food, and an alcoholic sees beer. These are the parts of the brain that control pleasure and addiction. Although there are some features that are nearly universally attractive, there is a degree of variation. One thing we know almost for certain is that large eyes are a huge indicator of attractiveness, because they indicate youthfulness, which indicates good health. And to clarify, when I say attractive, simply mean "nice to look at," not "must have sex with immediately." As we can find children pleasant to look at and there for be "attracted" to them in the sense that I am using it, without wanting to have sex with them. And when I say "nice to look at," I am simply referring to physical features that our brain responds to in a positive way But how does this apply to ball-jointed dolls? Well, I think we would all agree that ball-jointed dolls are very pretty, and psychologists that study attractiveness would say that ball-jointed dolls have faces and bodies that are perfectly engineered to make us love them. Their large eyes and perfect body shapes are an exaggerated form of what we are attracted to. So is it possible we like looking at ball-jointed dolls because that action activates a part of our brain that feels really, really good? When people say they can't stop looking at dolls, could they actually be serious, can this really become an addiction? Think about people who say that don't play with their dolls, but just like looking at them. Think of the hours (I'm guessing), you've spent pouring over doll photos either on company websites or that people have taken. What do you think? I'd love to hear what people think about the psychology behind this hobby. What else comes into play for the reasons why we like to look at dolls, buy them, play with them? EDIT: Just to clarify, if you have anything else you would like to share on the topic of psychology and how it relates to this hobby, please do! This isn't the only topic, just one I found interesting. 2nd EDIT: I deleted some information that doesn't really relate but was just me going off on a tangent about social psych. If you're interested, PM me.