Lookin’ Sharp

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Christopher Ingraham parses a study finding that more attractive people are perceived as more intelligent:

The researchers found a strong relationship between how attractive a person was rated, and reviewers’ assumptions about how intelligent they were. This relationship was especially strong among women. But when it came to actual intelligence, there was a significant gender gap: reviewers were able to accurately gauge the real intelligence of men, but not of women. They’re not exactly sure why this would be, but one possible explanation is that women are simply judged more pervasively on their looks than men are: “The strong halo effect of attractiveness may thus prevent an accurate assessment of the intelligence of women.”