(IBTIMES) — Children are more likely to trust good-looking adults over unattractive ones, researchers have found.

A study by Igor Bascandziev from Harvard University, published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, showed that children aged between four and five showed a bias towards attractive adults when seeking out reliable information.

Previous studies have shown young children are more likely to trust an adult from the same culture as them, those familiar to them and from people who have been accurate in the past.

“When learning about the world, children rely heavily on information provided to them by other people”, Bascandziev said. “Previous studies have shown children can be influenced by a range of factors such as whether the adult was correct in the past or if they are familiar to them.

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