The Cheerleader Effect
The Cheerleader Effect is a visual illusion, where people appear more attractive in a group, rather than when seen alone.
It works similar to the Ebbinghaus Illusion, where a medium-sized dot appears larger in front of smaller dots, or the Moon Illusion, where the moon seems larger on the horizon.
What we see is not a direct reflection of reality, but depends upon context, expectations, and previous information.
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