How to look like a smart woman
Step one: Put your glasses on. But that doesn't mean anyone can't appear to look more intelligent than they actually may be. In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you're a modern-day Einstein as soon as you meet them. A study led by Boston University marketing professor Carey Morewedge found that if you walk faster — or slower — than the people around you, they might think you're stupid.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: 10 Signs Of An Intelligent Woman
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Step one: Put your glasses on. But that doesn't mean anyone can't appear to look more intelligent than they actually may be.
In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you're a modern-day Einstein as soon as you meet them. A study led by Boston University marketing professor Carey Morewedge found that if you walk faster — or slower — than the people around you, they might think you're stupid. For the study, 49 undergrads watched films of three different people walking at either slower-than-average, average, or faster-than-average speed.
Then they indicated how competent and intelligent that person appeared. Results showed that people were perceived as smarter and more competent when they moved at the same speed as everyone else. In one small study , researchers at the University of Vienna had 76 participants look at 78 images of faces — some without glasses, some with full-rim glasses, and some with rimless glasses — and rate them on a number of traits, including intelligence and attractiveness.
According to the researchers' findings, people wearing glasses — rimless or with rims — were rated as more intelligent than people without glasses. Yet those without glasses were seen as more attractive than those with full-rim spectacles. People often do idiotic things after they've had too many drinks. In one of five experiments the researchers conducted, managers saw photographs and read transcripts from a hypothetical dinner interview.
Results showed that the managers perceived the candidates who ordered wine instead of soda as significantly less intelligent and less hirable. It'll make you seem intellectual. The researchers reached these conclusions by combining seven studies on middle initials. In one study, 85 students were asked to read an essay about Einstein's theory of relativity and rate it on quality.
Clark," "David F. Clark," and "David F. As it turns out, "David F. Clark" received the most rave reviews. A Princeton study — with the fitting title "Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: problems with using long words needlessly" — found that clumsily using big words often causes people to think you're less intelligent.
In one of a series of experiments, researchers selected a sociology dissertation abstract with lots of long words and created a "simplified" version by replacing every word of nine or more letters with its second shortest entry in the Microsoft Word thesaurus. Then they asked 35 Stanford undergrads to read the dissertation and rate both the author's intelligence and how difficult the writing was to understand.
Results showed that the simplified version was perceived as less complex — and its author was judged as more intelligent. In one experiment featured in the study, two groups of about 30 participants each read information about a new medication designed to fight the common cold. One group saw a bar graph to illustrate some experimental findings, while the other group didn't.
He continues: " Expressive speech, with modulation in pitch and volume, and a minimum of noticeable pauses, boosts credibility and enhances the impression of intelligence. In one experiment, undergrads were divided into pairs. One partner in each pair was instructed to try to look smart and competent; the other wasn't given any instructions.
Then the researchers filmed the pairs discussing a preassigned topic for five minutes. Each partner rated the other on perceived intelligence. When a panel of judges reviewed the recordings, they found that the students told to look smart employed a number of behaviors — but among the only behaviors that worked was looking your partner in the eye while speaking.
That same study led by Murphy found that wearing a self-assured expression, as opposed to a serious one, was also a predictor of perceived high intelligence.
Other research suggests that even overconfidence can make you seem more knowledgeable. In one study , participants estimated their own knowledge of geography and then worked in pairs on a geography task.
Then they rated each other on how competent they seemed. Sure enough, students who had overestimated their own abilities were rated more competent by their partners. Studies have found that the clothes we wear shape the perceptions other people have about our capability. For example, teaching assistants who wear formal clothes are perceived by students as more intelligent — but less interesting — than their casually dressed peers.
In a study , researchers at Charles University in Prague recruited participants to look at headshots of 80 students and rate them on traits, including intelligence. The "high intelligence" faces appear to be smiling more than the "low intelligence" faces. Piercing your face may show how brave you are, but it won't do you any favors when you're trying to flaunt your IQ.
The researchers had participants view photos of a man and a woman with different amounts of facial piercings and rate them on intelligence and attractiveness. Results showed that those with piercings were rated lower on both traits, and that those with multiple piercings were given the most negative ratings. In one small study , a psychologist asked three men to tell a joke to their friends at a bar while a woman sat at a nearby table.
Then those men were instructed to approach the woman and ask for her number. After the man left, an experimenter approached the woman and asked her to rate the man on attractiveness and intelligence. Results showed that the guys who told jokes were rated as more intelligent and attractive.
Bonus: They were also three times as likely to get the woman's number as the men who didn't crack jokes. A study found that people who were perceived as leaders were more likely to come across as highly intelligent.
About undergrads were told that they were managers in a hypothetical computer company and were asked to attend a budget meeting with other students. At the end of the meeting, students rated each group member on how intelligent they seemed.
They also indicated whether anyone in the group acted as a leader. As it turns out, there was a strong correlation between how smart students seemed and whether they were perceived as group leaders. Yes, we just advised you to pretend you're more knowledgeable than you really are.
In , two psychologists coined what's now widely known as the "Dunning-Kruger effect": The least competent individuals overestimate their ability, while the most competent underestimate theirs. So if you're trying to impress someone who knows a thing or two about human behavior, it's probably best to stay humble. Playing down your cognitive ability might help you at work in particular.
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Walk at the same speed as everybody else. Put on thick glasses. If you're going to hold something, make it something other than a beer.
Use a middle initial. Write simply. Use graphs. Speak expressively. Look people in the eye. Act confident. Dress smartly. Remove your facial jewelry. Be funny. Be a leader. Admit what you don't know. Beer Features Health.
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Updated: April 29, Reader-Approved References. Looking attractive starts from the inside out—if you feel attractive, others will notice your confidence and find you attractive as well. There are some basic things you can do to improve your appearance while also staying healthy, like washing your face daily, staying fit, and choosing outfits that show off your style. Give off confident vibes by smiling often and portraying positive body language, and feel free to enhance your features using makeup if desired. Tip: Use a conditioner for your hair to make it softer.
This guide will cover mainly physical appearance plus tips and advice on how to act in school. A smart girl can have the world at her feet if she works hard for her goals. This article assumes that you are already a smart girl and want the world to know it, but for more tips on increasing your actual intelligence, please see the related articles. So are you ready to distinguish yourself from the rest of the girls by turning into a smart girl even by your looks?
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