Men accept injustice from pretty women
It’s tempting to believe that you are immune to the power of a pretty face.
If someone acted unfairly towards you, you might think you would react the same no matter if that person looked like Jennifer Lopez or Frankenstein.
Still, a new study suggests that physical attractiveness has a big impact on our behavior. Specifically, research has found that men are more likely to tolerate injustice from attractive women.
In the to study, researchers led by Quingguo Ma, Ph.D., at the School of Management at Zhejiang University in China, recruited 21 Chinese men between the ages of 18 and 26. by another group of men.
Then each man was shown a photo of one of the women and asked to decide whether he accepted the woman’s offer to share some money. Throughout the experiment, the researchers measured the reaction times and brain activity of the participants.
The results showed that men were more likely to accept unfair offers when the woman was attractive than when she was not. They were also faster to respond to fair offers and slower to respond to unfair offers when the woman was attractive. Meanwhile, men’s brains showed more activity when dealing with an attractive woman.
Unfortunately, researchers haven’t figured out exactly why men are so influenced by beauty. But it is likely that our behavior is the result of unconscious processes. After all, the men in the study would likely never meet the women in the photographs – so it’s not as if they thought accepting the unfair offer would win them favor with the women later.
Anthony Little, a psychologist from the University of Stirling who was not involved in the study but did research on visual perception and attractiveness, told the Huffington Post: “We seem to tend to be nice to attractive people even when the rewards for ourselves, such as increasing the odds of a date, wouldn’t apply. This suggests that our motivations for being kind to attractive people are probably not based on conscious decisions to maximize our own benefits. ”
It is not clear whether these results apply to the general population. On the one hand, the sample size was small and focused exclusively on males. On the other hand, this study adds to a growing number of research on what scientists call the “beauty premium” and the “simple penalty”. For example, studies have shown that attractive people are more likely to be hired and promoted and earn more than their average-looking counterparts.
Ultimately, even though the “beauty bias” is largely unconscious, you can make a concerted effort not to let it affect your day-to-day interactions. Whether you are interviewing a candidate for a position or considering accepting a sales pitch, know that you may have a soft spot for someone who looks like a movie star, although they may not be the best. tailored to your organization.