Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, option Academic Research

Committee Chair Name

Kauyumari Sanchez

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Amber M Gaffney

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Amanda Hahn

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Christopher Aberson

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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People may or may not realize that when they meet a physically attractive person, they are more likely to evaluate him or her as a smart and positive person compared to a less attractive person in the absence of other features besides physical attractiveness. This attractive halo effect has influenced multiple areas that include the job market, dating, and academic success. However, it is possible for other factors, such as one’s creativity and personality to affect one’s judged attractiveness level. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of facial attractiveness, creativity, and warm-cold personality characteristics when judging female attractiveness. This research expands on Walkin’s (2017) where he found that with attractive females, their creative abilities didn’t affect the score of their overall attractiveness, but with less attractive females, their highly creative abilities were detrimental to their overall attractiveness from raters’ perspective.

In addition, warm-cold personality might affect the perception of people’s attractiveness. Past research suggested that people with warm personality characteristics might be rated higher on attractiveness than people with cold personality characteristics. This study employed a 2 (Attractiveness) x 2 (Creativity) x 2 (Personality characteristics) mixed factorial design. Facial attractiveness and creativity are within subjects, and warm-cold personality description is a between-subjects design. I hypothesize that females who are attractive and have warm personality characteristics will receive the highest attractiveness rating regardless of the creativity level, followed attractive and cold females. However, a 3-way interaction is expected for less attractive females. Less attractive females, with high creativity and cold personality characteristics will receive the lowest attractiveness scores overall, while those with low creativity and warm personality characteristics will receive higher attractiveness scores. The results showed there was no interaction between facial attractiveness, creativity, and personality characteristics, however, the interaction between facial attractiveness and creativity was discovered. The current study shows that creativity does not matter for attractive females on attractiveness score, whereas creativity increases attractiveness score on females who are low in facial attractiveness.

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