Good-looking men are more likely to be selfish, new research claims. The study, carried out by psychology researchers at Brunel University London, used 125 male and female participants to test an evolutionary theory that more attractive individuals profit from social inequality and so perpetuate the practise in society.
Researchers found that although attractive men were less generous, attractive women did not display the same tendency towards continuing inequality. Lead investigator and senior lecturer Dr Michael Price said: “The results suggest that better-looking men may be biased towards being more selfish and less egalitarian.”
Participants’ bodies were measured using a 3D scanner, scored on a traditional physical attractiveness measures – i.e. slimness, waist-to-chest ratio for men, and waist-to-hip ratio for women – and then rated by two separate groups. The first group of ‘raters’ scored the 125 on attractiveness and the second judged how altruistic and egalitarian they believed the images of…
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