Have you ever appraise people’s intelligence through their attractive appearance?
It is a groundless thinking but it is exactly what all of us are doing even when we are unconscious.
A recent research of St Andrews University in Scotland affirmed it. They think that the effect called “attractive aureole” makes us partial towards people who have a good looking. Although it seems to be a tiny thing, it has a strong influence on our social and personality.
“Have you ever appraised people’s intelligence through their attractive appearance?”
The effect “attractive aureole” is first done researching by psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920. It is definite as partial awareness. Impressing on someone’s looking has strong impact on how we feel about their other feature.
For example, people tend to think that if one person is beautiful, he/she must be intelligent as well. It’s not very difficult to realize someone is praising a child that he/she is very smart and pretty just by looking at his/her appearance.
“Many previous researches have shown that there are some certain features which help us to guess health condition or IQ in our face. However, all of these features will be faded in front of “attractive aureole”. Therefore, we usually attest biased information for attractive person.” – Sean Talamas, one of researchers of St. Andrew University. Talamas collected 100 study profiles and portraits of students. Later, he carried out an online survey on the Internet. 124 volunteer were involved and they could see the portrait of the candidates only. They were required to rate the attraction, result of study, conscientiousness and intelligence of each candidate.
The idea about the index including study result and conscientiousness allowed Talamas to adjust the meaning of evaluation of intelligence in research. Each people have their own view about this aspect. But they all must be comprehensive.
There is a strong connection between the feeling about appearance and intelligence prediction of students
In conclusion, there is a surprising in the research. In practical aspect, through the figure, there is no relationship between the feeling about appearance and intelligence prediction of students. However, another survey has pointed out that there is an “extremely powerful relation” between feeling about appearance and intelligence prediction. Obviously, attractive person is biased more than the others.
A group of researchers have carefully filtered the people who usually make up or wear jewelry to attract the estimators. Although it seems to be a petty research, Tamalas noted that “attractive aureole” can affect to personal life seriously. Supposed that, in education, a child is appraised more intelligent than other people, he/she can achieve good results. Lacking of impartiality from others can cause the opposite effect to unattractive students.
“attractive aureole” can cause the great influence on children
On the other hand, “attractive aureole” can apply on marketing. For example, when people use celebrities to advertise for a product, it means that they are trying to take advantages of “attractive aureole” to make the impact on buyers. Other research has also shown that if you have an attractive outlook, you have a huge advantage to persuade employers.
“The impression about attraction always affects to our opinions. It brings us a lot of judgments and partiality in politics, guidance and law. It is also expressed in the expectation of parents with their children, appraisal of teachers or even in army ranks.” – Researchers have explained – “Obviously, the first impression is very important. It is proved to have strong effect on how we judge a person by science.
Referenced by ScienceAlert, St-andrews, Psychology