Intelligent People Are More Trusting

I always like reading new studies, but sometimes I wonder what motivates the interviewer. Here’s one that I never would have thought to ask. A new US public ATT00010.jpg animal friendsopinion poll says that intelligent people are generally more trusting. Why? The authors hypothesize that intelligent people are better judges of character. They believe that being a good judge of character is a part of human intelligence that evolved through natural selection.  Hmmm, makes sense – trust the wrong critters and you are their lunch.

Here are a few more random facts about people who are trusting.

They have better physical health

They are happier

They are more likely to start a business

Source: Carl and Billari 2014, PLOS O

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