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It pays to be plain. 'Average' faces make you look more trustworthy

It pays to be plain. 'Average' faces make you look more trustworthy
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There are some people you meet who you feel you can trust right away, and other people who make you hold your purse tighter. A new study suggests part of that might be down to how attractive the person is.

You might expect that given our image-obsessed culture, people would naturally trust more attractive people and distrust less attractive people. It turns out, however, that things don't always work the way you expect.

To test this out, scientists used computer software to combine pictures of 92 women to create a "typical" face. Then they created an "attractive" face from 12 images that people had rated as being attractive.

Finally, they merged the "typical" and "attractive" faces with varying settings to create 11 faces. Participants - all women for this test - rated the faces on a 9-point scale of how trustworthy and attractive they looked.

Next page: Here are the interesting results, and the images so you can test yourself
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