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Beautiful people do have higher IQ's

Andrew Jones
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A new study out from the UK London School of Economics (LSE) reveals that attractive men and women generally have higher IQ's compared to that of the general population. The research study, was based on surveys of 52,000 young people from the US and UK that discovered that attractive people tended to be smarter: for men it was 13.6 points higher than the average, and for attractive women it was 11.4 IQ points higher.

Lead researcher from LSE, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, wrote in the journal Intelligence that "Physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence," and "Since intelligent men are more inclined to achieve more success, they are also more likely to marry beautiful women," which seems to continue the trend.

The UK findings are based on the National Child Development Study, which followed 17,419 people since their birth in 1958. From childhood to early adulthood, the subjects were given a series of tests for academic progress, intelligence, and they were marked on appearance. The US results were taken from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, using a similar model to the UK study, for 35,000 young Americans.

Kanazawa concluded that, "given that both intelligence and physical attractiveness are highly inheritable, there should be a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness in the children's generation." He also wrote, "Our contention that beautiful people are more intelligent is purely scientific. It is not a prescription for how to treat or judge others."

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