Do You Look Intelligent? Smile More. Hips Don’t Lie.

Curated by CLAI

WANT TO LOOK SMARTER? BE MORE ATTRACTIVE & SMILE! There is a strong relationship between how attractive a person was rated, and reviewers’ assumptions about how intelligent they were. However, reviewers were able to accurately gauge the real intelligence of men, but not of women. The finding of a much stronger relationship between attractiveness and perceived intelligence among women seems to back up this claim.

  • Visual assessments of a persons’ intelligence seem to largely be based on stereotypes related, at least partially, to notions of attractiveness. In both sexes, a narrower face with a thinner chin and a larger prolonged nose characterizes the predicted stereotype of high-intelligence, while a rather oval and broader face with a massive chin and a smallish nose characterizes the prediction of low-intelligence.
  • Being attractive “helps you earn more money, find a higher-earning spouse (and one who looks better, too!) and get better deals on mortgages.” The lifetime earnings difference between people at opposite ends of the attractiveness spectrum averages out to about $230,000, in beauty’s favor.
  • There seems to be a correlation between semblances of emotions of joy or anger in perceptions of high or low intelligence in faces, respectively. The ‘high intelligence’ faces appear to be smiling more than the ‘low intelligence’ faces.

    Male Intelligence Stereotypes

    Male Intelligence Stereotypes (Credit: Kleisner K, Chvátalová V, Flegr J (2014) Perceived Intelligence Is Associated with Measured Intelligence in Men but Not Women. PLoS ONE)

Female Intelligence Stereotypes

Female Intelligence Stereotypes (Credit: Kleisner K, Chvátalová V, Flegr J (2014) Perceived Intelligence Is Associated with Measured Intelligence in Men but Not Women. PLoS ONE)

WHAT WOMEN WANT ON THE DANCE FLOOR: For men, hips don’t lie and arms don’t matter. Larger and more variable movements of the head, neck, and torso + speed of leg movements are key indicators of dancing ability. There is no relation between arm movement and perceived dancing ability.

Hips Don't Lie for Men

Hips Don’t Lie for Men (Washington Post)

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