The Halo Effect: What Is Beautiful Is Good
Attractive stimulus persons…if that’s not funny academic speak what is?
Abstract (via Karen Dion, Berscheid, & Walster)
A person’s physical appearance, along with his sexual identity, is the personal characteristic that is most obvious and accessible to others in social interaction. The present experiment was designed to determine whether physically attractive stimulus persons, both male and female, are (a) assumed to possesss more socially desirable personality traits than physically unattractive stimulus persons and (b) expected to lead better lives (eg, be more competent husbands and wives, be more successful occupationall, etc) than unattractive stimulus persons….the present results indicate a “what is beautiful is good” stereotype along the physical attractiveness dimension… The implications of such a sterotype on self-concept development and the course of social interaction are discussed.