Attractiveness

From an early age, children are sensitive to physical traits of the individuals they interact with: they prefer the faces that belong to their own race over the ones that belong to another race and their learning preferences are affected by the race of the informants. They also judge attractive faces more positively and prefer to learn from attractive rather than unattractive individuals even when the attractive informant is inaccurate. To extend these findings, we ask how children weight these two visual cues-race and attractiveness--to social group membership. With this study, we are trying to answer: (1) Do children’s general preference for the attractive faces persist when the informants’ race is different than their own? (2) Which physical cue is stronger in determining children’s preferences? Will children prefer attractive out-group face over the less attractive in-group face or vice versa?