-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People generally judge
the personalities of attractive people more accurately than those
of others, according to a new study.
Canadian researchers had volunteers socialize in groups of five
to 11 people. Each person talked with every other person for three
minutes. After each chat, the participants rated the other person's
physical attractiveness and five major personality traits --
openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and
Overall, the personalities of people considered physically
attractive were rated more accurately. This may be because people
are more motivated to pay attention to attractive people, said
study co-author Jeremy Biesanz of the University of British
"You do judge a book by its cover, but a beautiful book leads you to read it more closely," he said in an Association for Psychological Science news release.
But he noted that this research was about first impressions and
may not hold true for people who have known each other for a longer
The study is published in the December issue of the journal
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