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25937789
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NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND FACIAL ATTRACTIVENESS IN A LARGE, GENETICALLY INFORMATIVE SAMPLE.
ABSTRACT
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Theories in both evolutionary and social psychology suggest that a positive correlation should exist between facial attractiveness and general intelligence, and several empirical observations appear to corroborate this expectation. Using highly reliable measures of facial attractiveness and IQ in a large sample of identical and fraternal twins and their siblings, we found no evidence for a phenotypic correlation between these traits. Likewise, neither the genetic nor the environmental latent factor correlations were statistically significant. We supplemented our analyses of new data with a simple meta-analysis that found evidence of publication bias among past studies of the relationship between facial attractiveness and intelligence. In view of these results, we suggest that previously published reports may have overestimated the strength of the relationship and that the theoretical bases for the predicted attractiveness-intelligence correlation may need to be reconsidered.
DATE PUBLISHED
2015 May 1
HISTORY
PUBSTATUS PUBSTATUSDATE
entrez 2015/05/05 06:00
pubmed 2015/05/06 06:00
medline 2015/05/06 06:00
pmc-release 2016/05/01 00:00
AUTHORS
NAME COLLECTIVENAME LASTNAME FORENAME INITIALS AFFILIATION AFFILIATIONINFO
Mitchem DG Mitchem Dorian G DG Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America ; Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America.
Zietsch BP Zietsch Brendan P BP QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia ; School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Wright MJ Wright Margaret J MJ QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Martin NG Martin Nicholas G NG QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Hewitt JK Hewitt John K JK Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America ; Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America.
Keller MC Keller Matthew C MC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America ; Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America.
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JOURNAL
VOLUME: 36
ISSUE: 3
TITLE: Evolution and human behavior : official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
ISOABBREVIATION: Evol. Hum. Behav.
YEAR: 2015
MONTH: May
DAY: 1
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CITEDMEDIUM: Print
ISSN: 1090-5138
ISSNTYPE: Print
MEDLINE JOURNAL
MEDLINETA: Evol Hum Behav
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ISSNLINKING: 1090-5138
NLMUNIQUEID: 9709475
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PUBLICATIONTYPE TEXT
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K01 MH085812 NIMH NIH HHS United States
R01 HD010333 NICHD NIH HHS United States
R56 MH063207 NIMH NIH HHS United States
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KEYWORD
evolutionary genetics
facial attractiveness
fitness trait
genetic correlation
intelligence
twin and family study
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