This bias extends to all areas of life; attractive people, the stereotype goes, are probably smart, successful, and kind. It's a bullshit notion, of course, but it’s a character flaw most humans can’t seem to shake. The phenomenon is even present in babies, to give you an idea of how deeply ingrained it is.
But science had yet to take a closer look at kids, who really should be viewing the world with childlike wonder -- that's why it's called childlike. After studying a group of children aged eight, 10, and 12, it’s clear they aren’t as angelic as they appear.
Attractive people are easier to trust
For the study, researchers used face-generation software to create fake adult male faces, and asked each kid to rate how trustworthy the person seemed. A month later, the researchers used the same faces, and this time asked kids to rate how good-looking they thought each person was. Shocker: The kids almost overwhelmingly associated the beautiful people as being more trustworthy.