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Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?)

To what extent is our personality an adaptation to our appearance or even our physique? A team of scien-tists at the University of Göttingen has investigated this question. Their results: it depends -- on our gender and on which behaviour. The study was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

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Previous theories of a possible connection between appearance and behaviour claim, among other things, that physically stronger men tend to be more aggressive and physically more attractive women are more outgoing. For the most part, the research team from the Department of Biological Personality Psychology at the University of Göttingen found evidence to contradict these theories. Their research involved two independent groups of subjects from Göttingen in Germany and Edinburgh in the UK.

The influence of physical condition on the behaviour of men is different: the study showed that more mus-cular men were more extraverted and considered aggressive behaviour to be more useful. In many other behaviours, however, the results showed no clear connection with the men s appearance. In order to de-termine the strength and physique of the men and women, all test subjects were imaged using a 3D body scanner and their grip and upper body strength measured.

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University of Göttingen. "Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?): Research team at the University of Göttingen disproves previous assumptions." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 February 2019. .

University of Göttingen. "Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?): Research team at the University of Göttingen disproves previous assumptions." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190211131506.htm (accessed February 11, 2019).
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