Attractiveness Equals Honest?

“Facial attractiveness influences impressions of honesty.” (Bull, 1979; Berry & McArthur, 1986)

UglyBond et al. found that people who were judged to have an honest facial appearance (which significantly correlated with attractiveness) were less likely to agree to deceive others. This has Bond et al. conclude that there may be an element of truth  that less attractive people are more likely to  lie (Bond, Berry & Omar, 1994). Zebrowitz, Voinescu & Collins (1996) also warned (although didn’t directly test) that people’s judgements of honesty may be biased by the attractiveness of whom they’re judging.

Another study by Aune, Levine, Ching & Yoshimoto (1993) found that the opinion of credibility regarding a video recording of a woman (made up, nice hair and clothing) significantly influenced male students opinions, however had no affect on female students (compared to a control where the same woman was plain looking, boring clothes etc).

Finally, Bull & Vine (2003) showed 12 video clips (6 male, 6 female) where participants rated each for attractiveness and honesty. As expected, faces rated as attractive were also rated as more trustworthy.

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About Stu Dunn

I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. http://stubridget.harcourts.co.nz/ SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World. www.MicroExpressions.co.nz, www.facebook.com/sdlmicroexpressions & www.StuDunn.com Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force. www.QianLiDao.co.nz
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5 Responses to Attractiveness Equals Honest?

  1. yiyime says:

    perceptions are just another form of living in this optical illusion world…filled with deceptions and misguidance. …

  2. Blanca Cobb says:

    Love the cartoon. It says it all…

  3. I like this post. Would be nice if the test group was a little bit bigger and spread across ethnics and geography. How do you rate attractiveness, just a thought. Thank-you for this bit of info.

  4. Surely all that was tested was whether people think that attractive people are more likely to lie or not rather than whether more attractive people actually do lie less or not..perhaps people just want to believe that the prettier ones are more truthful. Apparently, real beauty (scientifically speaking) is a completely symmetrical face alwayslittleprincess…but in reality, it’s in the eye of the beholder surely?

    • SDL says:

      Agreed Samantha. The only test done was; “Bond et al. found that people who were judged to have an honest facial appearance (which significantly correlated with attractiveness) were less likely to agree to deceive others.” This is also self-reporting, so not empirical either 😉

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