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Looks Are Deceiving

Experts discount old stereotype

(HealthDayNews) -- You know it's wrong to stereotype people according to their looks. And here's more proof.

The stereotype is that boys with young faces really aren't as bright as children with more mature looking faces. And to compensate, baby-faced boys are always better behaved.

Wrong on both counts. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, boys with young-looking faces generally have higher academic scores than their older-looking friends, once the scores are adjusted for home and economic considerations and IQ scores.

But when baby-faced boys become delinquent, they can behave much worse than boys with an older appearance. Researchers say that's because they're trying harder, in order to overcome the stereotype.

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