Pretty People Are More Selfish
New study finds those with symmetrical faces less likely to cooperate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 2:50 PM CDT
British model Kate Moss attends the Swarovski Fashion Rocks, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007.   (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)

(Newser) – A pretty face comes with many benefits, but apparently a sense of selflessness is not one of them. A new study shows that people with more symmetrical facial features—which tend to be viewed as more attractive—are more likely to be selfish. Subjects were studied under laboratory conditions and were given the choice between acting as a cooperative "dove" or a selfish "hawk." Those with more symmetrical faces were less likely to choose the dove role, and were also less likely to expect others to do the same.

Evolution may be to blame: "As people with symmetrical faces tend to be healthier and more attractive, they are also more self-sufficient and have less of an incentive to cooperate and seek help from others," the researchers write. "Through natural selection over thousands of years, these characteristics continue to the present day." The findings will be presented at the Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany later this month, the Guardian reports.

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Aug 16, 2011 7:56 AM CDT
And when they get old and their looks fade, they retain the asshole behavior. What a pathetic spectacle.
Aug 15, 2011 10:24 PM CDT
quackery we probably paid for with tax money.
Aug 15, 2011 8:35 PM CDT
Ohh wow really, next thing you know theyll be telling us Mean people make more money. Ohhh, Wait.