Turns out there’s merit to putting your best face forward: Attractive job candidates get called back 36 percent more frequently than those who aren’t as good-looking, according to a paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor. In the study, which took place in Argentina over two months, investigators sent 2,500 applications to positions in various fields, including a photo of the person.
They found that 10.3 percent of attractive applicants got called for interviews– and were contacted sooner– versus 7.6 percent of the unattractive candidates. Researchers gauged physical beauty based on facial proportions found to be appealing in previous studies.
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Few of us can resist fawning over a beautiful baby—but it turns out that being a cute infant doesn’t guarantee you’ll grow up into an attractive adult. In a study published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, psychology researchers had independent reviewers rate the facial attractiveness of photographs of infants (24 months and younger) and the same group as adults (16 to 18 years old). They found no relationship between being a pretty baby and a beautiful grown-up, even after conducting the study twice.
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There may be some merit behind the movie Mean Girls after all: Those who have more symmetrical facial features, regarded as universally attractive, are also more likely to focus on themselves and less likely to cooperate with others, according to a study presented at last week’s Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. In the lab, people were given the choice of working together for the greater good or serving their own interests (with the chance of gaining more if the other person chose to work together), then their faces were analyzed. Those with symmetrical faces were more likely to choose the self-centered course.
Why? The researchers’ hypothesize that since people with symmetrical faces are less prone to congenital diseases and often viewed as attractive (as previous studies have found), others see them as better potential partners. This makes beautiful people have less of a need to depend on and cooperate with others, so they’re more self-serving.
Tell us: Do you think there’s a correlation between good looks and selfishness?