This strikes me as complete and utter bull****. Excuse me, bologna is more appropriate for this forum. I just don’t see how you can conduct a scientific study based on personal opinion. Perceived attractiveness is not a science. I have a theory that mixed race people have an interesting look, for lack of a better way to put it. Since we are still a relatively small group, I think there’s something in a mixed race face that may make one take note. A gaze may linger while a mind tries to process and perhaps dissect what it’s looking at. And that probably prompts the occasional, “What are you?” In my opinion, that does not equal more attractive, but I see how it could be misconstrued that way.
I also object to the antiquated notion of heterosis being used in this way- heck, in any way. Cross-breeding!? This leads me to believe that Dr. Lewis looks at race as more than a social construct. I seriously disagree.
Lastly, the notion that because Halle Berry, Lewis Hamilton, and Barack Obama have risen to the top of their respective fields we are to infer that mixed race people are more successful on average makes my skin crawl. More successful than whom? Their black counterparts? That must be what it means because I don’t think anyone can so easily forget the 40+ white presidents, 70+ white actresses, and I don’t know exactly how many (but most likely all) of the former Formula 1 champions that preceded these super-attractive, super-successful mulattoes. UGH! So glad I chose not to spend a semester at Cardiff!
Mixed-race people are ‘more attractive’ and more successful, results of a new study suggest.
The Cardiff University study involved rating 1,205 black, white, and mixed-race faces.
Each face was judged on its attractiveness, with mixed-race faces generally perceived as more attractive.
Author of the study, Dr Michael Lewis, also suggested mixed-race people were disproportionately successful in many professions.
The study based its hypothesis on Darwin’s notion of heterosis, the biological phenomenon that predicts that cross-breeding leads to offspring that are genetically fitter than their parents.
Dr Lewis said the phenomenon was mirrored in the results of his study.
“The results appear to confirm that people whose genetic backgrounds are more diverse are, on average, perceived as more attractive,” Dr Lewis said.
Yet there is reason to believe that mixed-race people may not just be more attractive, but more successful.
Dr Lewis said: “There is evidence, albeit anecdotal, that the impact of heterosis goes beyond just attractiveness.
“This comes from the observation that, although mixed-race people make up a small proportion of the population, they are over-represented at the top level of a number of meritocratic professions like acting with Halle Berry, Formula 1 racing with Lewis Hamilton – and, of course, politics with Barack Obama.”
Dr Lewis will present his findings to the British Psychological Society’s annual meeting on Wednesday.