I've heard of the halo effect too but this is a fun little study.
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Well as someone who's worked with lots and lots of models I'd tend to disagree
I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.
I'm doomed to be doggy and dumb! (I can live with that)
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields
It says beautiful people have higher IQs, not that they are all geniuses. Quite frankly, I'm not impressed with anybody with a 111-114 IQ. An average IQ is 100, and most people could not tell if somebody is any smarter than average until they have an IQ of 120.
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A few years ago, I read an article that mentioned that modern society is obsessed with quantifiable measures of success. It went on to say that if we cannot quantify what we truly care about, then we start caring about what we can quantify. I have to agree.
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What I'm curious about is how they measured attractiveness and how many people were involved in the study. If they had participants rate each other, then that sounds like a tedious task.
My theory is that attractive people tend to be well off financially (A), adding to their hotness and giving them a cushion to buy plastic. Financially stable people are more likely to seek an education (B). Educated people score better on IQ tests (C). So based on (my flawed) transitive logic, attractiveness (A) is correlated with IQ (C).
I do think there is a circular effect at work.
-Pretty kids get more attention and opportunities, thereby increasing their dendrite connections.
-People who are fit and athletic have the physical and mental advantages that go along with that good health. (Fit people are going to be perceived as more attractive.)
-Conversely, people who are not on top of things mentally may not be taking advantage of any natural beauty they possess. (We might not recognize someone who is naturally attractive if they aren’t accentuating it.)
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Figure skating is hard.
Suppose you look at people with IQ below 100 and/or attractiveness below average. I think you might see a higher correlation on that end that might drive trends across the whole spectrum.
I didn't know why people are always jealous of me. Now I know why!
I saw a brief bit about this study on HLN this morning. It also showed a correlation between parents' level of education and income and a person's intelligence. I think it is unfortunate that the media jumped on the beauty/brains angle instead of the connection between wealth and IQ which should give us pause about how we judge and approach education.
Furthermore, some bright people with good looks might have stifled development because people are so willing to give then top billing for doing little. For example, models get paid millions to wear clothes ... not much motivation to get an astrophysics degree if modelling is working for you, even if you have the aptitude.
Also, some fuglies are not really fugly. They just don't care to maintain their appearance.
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