New research offers good news and bad news for the homely among us. First, the good news: People can’t tell how smart you are by how good you look. The bad news? They think they can.
As reported last month in the journal Plos One, researchers had 40 men and 40 women take a standard intelligence test. Then they photographed the subject’s faces, instructing them “to adopt a neutral, non-smiling expression and avoid facial cosmetics, jewelry, and other decorations.”