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Beauty does mean more brains

An international team has found that beautiful people have higher IQs than others - in fact, it found that handsome men scored 13.6 points above the average IQ score of 100 while beautiful women were 11.4 points above the norm.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2011 00:36 IST

Many may say that it's not fair, but a new study says good-looking people are also the cleverest.

An international team has found that beautiful people have higher IQs than others - in fact, it found that handsome men scored 13.6 points above the average IQ score of 100 while beautiful women were 11.4 points above the norm.

The joint British and US study, led by London School of Economics, has also suggested that any kids, that beautiful people have, would inherit intelligence genes too, 'The Sun' reported.

"In the samples, physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence, both with and without controls for social class, body size and health. The association between physical attractiveness and general intelligence is also stronger among men than among women," lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa said.

In the study, more than 52,000 people in the UK and US were measured on academic progress and intelligence as well as being scored on their appearance.