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Bald Men Seen as More Masculine, Less Attractive?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Forget about the hair plugs -- new research suggests men with thinning hair would do better just shaving it all off.

A new study indicates men who choose to go bald by shaving their heads are perceived as being more masculine, even taller and physically stronger -- although less attractive than men with a full head of hair.

The study included three tests of people’s perceptions of men based on how much hair they had on their heads.  In each test, participants were asked to rate men with hair, shaved heads and naturally thinning hair on how dominant and attractive they appeared.

“The results were consistent across all three studies,” said Albert Mannes, a lecturer at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania who conducted the study.

The results might not be surprising for anybody who has ever seen an action movie: men who shave their heads are perceived as being more dominant and masculine.  Those men were also perceived as being on average one inch taller, and able to bench press 15 more pounds than other men.

They are also, however, seen as less attractive than their counterparts who have a thick head of hair.

Mannes said he has a number of theories as to why this might be the case.

One possibility is that shaved heads are associated with stereotypically masculine professions: the military, police, firefighting, and more recently, professional sports.

Another theory is that Hollywood has had an effect on society’s views of bald men -- as anybody who has seen Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel or Jason Statham in one of their many action movie roles could attest.

“Take, for instance, Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad.  He went from high school teacher to hardcore drug lord just by shaving his head,” Mannes said.

Yet another possibility is that men who shave their heads are going against the norm of a society that places so much value on beauty, of which hair is a large part.

“It takes a lot of confidence to go the route of baldness, so we think they must be really self-confident,” Mannes told ABC News.

He also points out this could be a largely American phenomenon, noting that in England, shaved heads are more closely associated with skinheads.

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Study: Beautiful People Have Higher IQs 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Beautiful people apparently not only have looks, but also brains.  A joint U.S./British study conducted by the London School of Economics not only scored more than 52,000 people on their appearance, it also measured their academic achievements and IQ.

Researchers discovered that handsome men scored 13.6 points above the average IQ score of 100, while beautiful women were 11.4 points above.

“In samples, physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence, both with and without controls for social class, body size and health,” lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa tells Britain’s Sun newspaper.

The research also seems to indicate that the offspring of good-looking couples will inherit their parents’ higher intelligence genes.

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Despite Skin Cancer Warnings, Tan Still Hot in Study

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Jersey Shore uber-tan aesthetic may not be for everyone, but it seems that even for non-Guidettes, having a tan makes them sexier, according to a study from Emory University.

Researchers used the popular attractiveness-rating website to gauge whether "hotness" scores would change when the same woman was shown with her natural complexion and then with a tan.

Using Photoshop, 45 photos of women aged 21-35 were doctored to look tan.  The original photos and the doctored versions were posted to the site at different times.  The researchers found that the darker version was twice as likely to be rated as more attractive.

Of course, tan enthusiasts would say that you don't need science to figure that one out.

"When I look in the mirror I feel more attractive when I'm darker, like my face is prettier.  It's 100 percent a confidence boost for me," says Lauren Kafka, 31, of Miami, who uses a tanning bed three times a week to keep up her golden glow.

Kafka is aware of the skin cancer risks associated with her tanning bed habit, but she says the risk is worth it.  "I wouldn't want a relative or someone I cared about to do it, but I'm willing to take the risk for myself," she says.

Campaigns by health organizations like the American Academy of Dermatology to warn the public about the skin cancer risks of tanning have had limited success.  About 28 million Americans still frequent tanning booths each year and tanning-bed use among teens has only been growing.´╗┐

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