Appearances may deceive but good looks point to intelligence

Friday, 21 January, 2011

A bonus should you be a good looking person… chances are you also have an above average Intelligence Quotient or IQ.

“Physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence,” said LSE lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa, in the latest issue of the journal Intelligence. The study indicated attractive men have IQs that are 13.6 points above the average, while beautiful women are 11.4 points higher than average.

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Being a pretty face really is being MORE than a pretty face

Tuesday, 28 April, 2009

Attractive people have it all… social skills, a great career, a happy and balanced life, and a repertoire of jokes everyone finds amusing. And that perception holds no matter how far from the truth it actually is.

Indeed, attractiveness is one thing that can make stereotypes self-fulfilling and reinforcing. Attractive people are “credited with being socially skilled,” Professor Fiske said, and maybe they are, because “if you’re beautiful or handsome, people laugh at your jokes and interact with you in such a way that it’s easy to be socially skilled.” “If you’re unattractive, it’s harder to get all that stuff because people don’t seek you out,” she said.

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You’re more than a pretty face; no airbrushing needed

Thursday, 21 August, 2008

Look at the first set of photos on this page, chances are you will find the faces on the right hand side more attractive. Now take a closer look at the differences between the left and right hand side images, in particular the eyes and months of the subjects.

It’s called “Data-Driven Enhancement of Facial Attractiveness”…

The key component in our approach is an automatic facial attractiveness engine trained on datasets of faces with accompanying facial attractiveness ratings collected from groups of human raters. Given a new face, we extract a set of distances between a variety of facial feature locations, which define a point in a high-dimensional “face space”. We then search the face space for a nearby point with a higher predicted attractiveness rating. Once such a point is found, the corresponding facial distances are embedded in the plane and serve as a target to define a 2D warp field which maps the original facial features to their adjusted locations.

Notice also the apparent absence of any major airbrushing, “improvements” have mostly been made by only slightly adjusting one or two facial features.

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