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A study in 1978 discovered that teachers tended to favor more attractive students when evaluating their academic work. (Demeis & Turner, 1978.).

In the United States, attractiveness is positively correlated with intelligence. (r=.126) (Kanizawa, 2011)

Another study indicated that the actual quality of academic work is not necessarily linked to the grade given on the assignment. (Begany, et al. 2008)

Are college students likely to assume attractiveness based on the quality of academic work? Would a letter grade of varying quality on the paper affect this assumption?

Our hypothesis was that participants would more frequently indicate an attractive student as the author of a high quality essay, regardless of letter grade, and vice versa with an unattractive student and an essay of lesser quality.

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