Do attractive people have any advantages? Are they treated better than less attractive? Is it important to look good on an application photo? According to our investigations the answer to these questions is yes. We could show that people are perceived more positively the more attractive they are.
In order to examine this hypothesis we presented a range of different faces (unattractive, average attractive and attractive ones) to test subjects and asked to judge the person shown with respect to the following personality items:
A selection of the faces that have been presented:
Attractive female faces:
Unattractive female faces:
Attractive male faces:
Unattractive male faces:
All faces do not exist in reality. They were created by using morphing software. Nevertheless, most of the test subjects have no problem to attribute certain personality characteristics to them.
The results are alarmingly clear. We found an enormously influencing
attractiveness-stereotype: The more attractive the presented faces were,
the more successful, content, friendly, intelligent, socialble, accessible,
exciting, creative and busy the persons were estimated. The opposite applies
to unattractive faces: The more unattractive the faces were the more negative
characteristics were attributed to the person.
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