Kids Don’t Trust Ugly People – Damn, Counts me out then!

So THAT’S why Kids always cry when they see me!

New studies by scientists at Frontiers in Psychology have found that a person’s perceived trustworthiness is linked to how good-looking we find them, and that children may use facial attractiveness as a cue that signals a stranger’s trustworthiness.

Judging a book by it’s cover rings true it would seem, in this case anyway!

People often form their first impression of someone by how they first perceive them – their physical appearance serves as an effective tool in making interpersonal decisions, when no other cues are available.

Ralph-Baker-as-Deadly-EarnestWhaaaat? Ralph Baker as Deadly Earnest –  Courtesy of: Horrornews

The study has indicated that adults use each others facial appearances to make trustworthiness judgments just 50 milliseconds after seeing another person’s face!

Using face-recognition software, the researchers generated 200 emotionally neutral Male faces all between the ages of 20 and 30yo. Participants aged between 8 and 12yo were then asked to rate the faces on Trustworthiness and Attraction, based on their first impressions when viewing them.

Ultimately, the faces the children found most trustworthy were also the faces they found most attractive. Furthermore, researchers found this trait only strengthens as they got older.

In the end, the more beautiful you are, the more you are thought to be trustworthy.

That’s it – I’m coming back pretty next time round!


Feature pic: Kyle Flood – file licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.