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    Sociologists and social psychologists have long known that there is a widespread perception shared by many people that physically attractive people are more intelligent and competent, as well as hold many other desirable characteristics. A large number of experiments over the years have shown that, when asked to rate the intelligence or competence of unknown others, people tend to rate attractive others as more intelligent and competent than unattractive others.  This sentiment is captured in an old aphorism “What is beautiful is good.”  But why is this?  Why do people believe that physically attractive people are more intelligent and competent?

    While physical attractiveness is an integral part of mate selection, the evidence suggests that concerns for mate selection are not the reason people think that beautiful people are more intelligent. First, children as young as kindergarteners share the perception that beautiful people are more competent.  Asked to choose between two teachers, one more physically attractive than the other, many kindergarteners prefer the more attractive teacher because they believe she is more competent and nicer.  Second, more importantly, among adults, the common perception holds both within and between the sexes.  Not only do men believe that more attractive women are more intelligent and women believe more attractive men are more intelligent, but men also believe that more attractive men are more intelligent and women also believe that more attractive women are more intelligent. Since 5-year-olds are typically not concerned with mate selection, and since most people are heterosexual, these two pieces of evidence suggest that there is more going on than concerns of mate selection.

    Facial beautySociologists and social psychologists, convinced (and politically predisposed to believe) that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “beauty is only skin-deep,” dismiss this widespread perception as “bias,” stereotype,” or “halo effect,” with the implicit assumption that the perception is not accurate and has no factual basis.  It is a stereotype that beautiful people are more intelligent.  But, as I explain in an earlier post, virtually all stereotypes are empirically true; if they were not true, they would not be stereotypes in the first place.  And it turns out that this one is no exception.  People believe beautiful people are more intelligent, because they in fact are.

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    The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), conducted by a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, is one of the very few social science datasets that take biological and genetic influences on human behavior seriously.  As a result, Add Health routinely measures both the intelligence and physical attractiveness of its respondents.

    In the Wave III of Add Health, conducted in 2000-2001, respondents take an IQ test called the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test.  And then their physical attractiveness is measured objectively by an interviewer, who is unaware of their IQ test scores, on a 5-point scale (1 = Very unattractive, 2 = Unattractive, 3 = About average, 4 = Attractive, and 5 = Very attractive).  The following graph shows the association between Add Health respondents’ physical attractiveness and their intelligence.  The data come from a large (n = 15,197) nationally representative sample of young Americans (mean age = 22).

    The graphs show that the association is no longer monotonic among either women or men, but the general positive association still holds for both sexes.  “Very attractive” women are on average more intelligent than “very unattractive” women by about 6 IQ points.  Similarly, “very attractive” men are on average more intelligent than “very unattractive” men by about 8 IQ points.

    So it appears that the “stereotype” that beautiful people are more intelligent appears to be true empirically, just as virtually all “stereotypes” are.  But now the question is:  Why?  Why are beautiful people more intelligent?  I will address this question in my next post.

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200903/beautiful-people-are-more-intelligent-i

    #365668

    Anonymous

    True.

    Although there are ugly women who are intelligent, these are usually an exception. Most beautiful women I met were intelligent.

    #365669

    Anonymous

    I personally find it bollocks since most of the people i met in my life are of average intelligence while their looks differ from pretty to ugly. The theory suggest that smart rich man will acquire an attractive young beauty meaning the result is that the offspring will be smart due to father and pretty due to mother, however what if the rich guy is ugly and smart while girl is pretty but dumb (quite common case)…you'd might get a ugly and under-average intelligent kid that is very rich.

    The exceptionally smart people with IQ over 140 were usually as well average in looks as far as i noticed (look Einstein, Edvard Grieg, Bill Gates etc), however very strange is their behavior reflecting their looks and lifestyle, that's all imo ofc. As well i don't agree with stupid world-wide popular generalizing that all blonds are stupid, since i have met quite intelligent ones.

    #365670

    Anonymous

    Beautiful people not more intelligent, they just happen to have more opportunities to explore and they can get around things with their looks. There are many intelligent average or even below average looking people….

    #365671

    Anonymous

    According to this theory, my IQ should be 57…  ;)

    #365672

    Anonymous
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    According to this theory, my IQ should be 57…  ;)

    Typical Polak  ;D

    #365673

    Anonymous

    I think this theory is total BS. I know plenty of really stunning women who are truly fdumb as s***, while at same time, I know deans and professors at universities, doctors, scientists and other people who are incredibly smart, but at same time, not attractive people at all.

    I am not stereotyping in anyway, but this is really no measure of intelligence, one's looks.

    #365674

    Anonymous
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    I think this theory is total BS. I know plenty of really stunning women who are truly fdumb as s***, while at same time, I know deans and professors at universities, doctors, scientists and other people who are incredibly smart, but at same time, not attractive people at all.

    I am not stereotyping in anyway, but this is really no measure of intelligence, one's looks.

    I know, I am living proof that this model is SO WRONG.

    #365675

    Anonymous
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    I know, I am living proof that this model is SO WRONG.

    Me too. I consider myself intelligent, but I also know that I am no beauty. ;)

    #365676

    Anonymous

    There is no real measurement for beauty, so this thesis makes no sense in my eyes. However, I do think that fat people are more stupid than the average – otherwise they wouldn't be fat.

    #365677

    Anonymous
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    There is no real measurement for beauty, so this thesis makes no sense in my eyes. However, I do think that fat people are more stupid than the average – otherwise they wouldn't be fat.

    But McDonald's MADE them buy 3 Big Macs a day for 10 years! ;D

    #365678

    Anonymous

    I know most fat people are stupid but I do know 1 big guy 2m tall 150kg+ and his IQ goes through the roof.
    Weird thing is he eats less then me !! and I'm not a big guy.
    He's just lazy but not stupid.
    He's like 6foot 4 inches tall tipping the scales at 350pounds or more, Finnish/French-Canadian descent and lives in Northern Ontario Canada in the city of "THUNDER BAY", and has a big red beard !… I dunno why I had to describe him and where he's from but I did anyways.  ;D

    #365679

    Anonymous
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    There is no real measurement for beauty, so this thesis makes no sense in my eyes. However, I do think that fat people are more stupid than the average – otherwise they wouldn't be fat.

    Also, it depends. I would agree with you that obese people are mostly retarded (like those in America).
    Chubby people can also be very smart, they just like their food more than most other people. ;D Or their beer.

    #365680

    Anonymous

    Then with an IQ of 119 I must be one smexy Slavic (man)bitch :D

    #365681

    Anonymous
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    Then with an IQ of 119 I must be one smexy Slavic (man)bitch :D

    Post a pics or it didn't happen.  ;D

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