The Facial Expression That Makes You Appear Smarter

Posted on April 25, 2014

People's perceptions of intelligence were also associated with attractiveness.

Can you tell how intelligent someone is just from their facial features?

A new study finds that when judging men just on their facial appearance, there was a relationship with actual intelligence.

But when it came to women, there was no relationship between how intelligent people were perceived and how intelligent they actually were.

The authors speculate that this is because women are primarily judged on their attractiveness and this swamped any judgements about intelligence.

The study found a correlation between semblances of emotions of joy or anger in perceptions of high or low intelligence in faces, respectively. The 'high intelligence' faces appear to be smiling more than the ‘low intelligence’ faces. A similar pattern was described for the perception of trustworthiness.

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