Less Attractive Infants Face Long-Term Psychological Damage

Being pretty offers people lots of perks, even as infants. Psychologists from Oxford University reviewed several studies and say physical abnormalities in babies is associated with “adverse outcomes in child development, including cognitive problems.” Brain imaging data shows the brains of adults looking at cute babies light up quickly, and in a way more pronounced than when looking at adult faces. Their brains also lit up in the less-pronounced ways when shown the faces of babies considered to be less attractive. Dr. Morten Kringelbach says the issues less attractive babies face down the line “can at least partly be attributed to early disruptions in mother-child interactions, specifically a lack of all-important maternal responsiveness.” (Daily Mail