Beautiful People Are Also Smarter

LSE researchers find attractiveness, intelligence correlate

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 17, 2011 4:57 PM CST

(Newser) – Beautiful people really do have it all, a new study suggests: They're also more likely to be intelligent. Researchers at the London School of Economics found that intelligence correlated strongly with physical attractiveness. Men judged by others in the study as handsome had IQs 13.6 points higher than the average, while beautiful women had IQs 11.4 points above the average., the New York Daily News reports.

The effect stems from the heritability of intelligence, the researchers speculate, and the tendency of beautiful people to mate with one another: "Given that both intelligence and physical attractiveness are highly heritable," lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa says, "there should be a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness in the children's generation." But the conclusion is "purely scientific," Kanazawa adds, and not "a prescription for how to treat or judge others."

Brains are tied with beauty, says a new study.
Brains are tied with beauty, says a new study.   (Shutterstock)
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