The halo effect matters

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Attractive Students Get Higher Grades

A new study finds that students who are rated as more attractive get better grades and are more likely to go to college. The study followed about 9,000 US adolescents from high school in the 1990s, through until they were in their 30s (Gordon et al., 2014). They found that students who were rated as more attractive were also given higher grades by their teachers. But students only needed to be somewhat above average to see the advantage. The super-good-looking had no advantage over those who were above average. This may be because being more attractive had a negative side–it was associated with more partying, dating and general social distractions. Interestingly, being average in appearance produced no benefits in GPA scores against those with below average looks. ….[READ]

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