Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The study was concerned with the effects of the physical attractiveness and name popularity of a student upon others. One hundred forty-one junior, senior, and graduate students majoring in education rated their impressions of a student on thirteen academic and socio-personal categories after exposure to a grade card of a fictitious 6th grade boy. Each card contained a picture of an attractive boy, a picture of an unattractive boy or no picture at all paired with a popular first name, an unpopular first name or no name at all. The categories rated included six academically related items and seven socio-personal categories. Significant results were found for the effects of physical attractiveness of a student for all socio-personal categories except one (concerning parental involvement in child's education), but on none of the academic categories. Name popularity was found to have a significant effect only on the category of socioeconomic status. There were no interactions between name and attractiveness. The results are further clarified and implications discussed.


Robert Markley

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1979 Richard C. Tompkins


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