Looks Matter

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Looks Matter

Moms reassure their kids during their awkward teenage years by telling them looks don't matter. A number of people would more than likely agree, but research says good looks can offer advantages. When asked if attractive people are perceived more favorably than unattractive people, several Bryan-College Station residents agreed.

College Station resident, Jenni Brown said, "I think that when you're a more attractive person and you take more pride in your appearance, I think it helps over all in people's ideas of what you can do and can't."

Travis Ferguson, a Texas A&M Student stated, "It's human nature you want to be associated with something that's higher..you know higher than the normal."

Products, ideas, and music are often represented or "pitched" by attractive people. Two professors from the University of Texas at Dallas and Rice University conducting research on the topic came to the same conclusion as other researchers: Being attractive plays a role in who people believe, trust, and even vote for.

Texas A&M University associate professor, Larry Gresham, says your attitude about yourself may be the reason. "We tend to trust people who we see as more similar," said Gresham. "Some of us have an inflated opinion of how good we look and how much we like the person. And it's a function of likability and similarity."

The A&M professor says this research is consistent with other research on the subject. But he adds that mom's wisdom still holds true. "If they're not nice people, it'll show up. And you know that."