1st Student's Major


1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Aaron Karst is a student in the Psychology Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mentor's Name

Edison Perdomo

Mentor's Department


Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this research project was to investigate the “physical attractiveness stereotype”. Previous research suggests that the physical attractiveness plays an important role in how we ascribe certain personality traits. Weiten (2002) for example, noted the stereotype as people’s tendency “to ascribe socially desirable personality traits to individuals who are considered to be more attractive, seeing them as more sociable, poised, and well adjusted than those who are less attractive”. However, very little research has been conducted to explore the role race may have on the concept. The current study was conducted to explore the validity of the physical attractiveness stereotype and determine how influential the role of race may be. In this study, twelve subjects were given a series of cards, each with four pictures on them, and were asked to match certain personality traits (some positive and some negative) to the pictures that were presented on the cards. The pictures on the cards actually represented people of different race and varying attractiveness. Data was then collected and analyzed to determine if race can in fact influence the physical attractiveness stereotype.

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