Intelligent people are more trusting of others than their less clever peers, researchers have claimed – because they are better judges of character.
According to researchers at Oxford University bright individuals may also be more trusting because they are better at weighing up situations and characters.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at data from an American survey, the General Social Survey, which evaluates people’s social status, their behaviour and social attitudes, and their intelligence.
The study also shows that people who are more trusting are more likely to have better health and greater happiness.
Noah Carl, from Oxford University’s Department of Sociology said:
“Intelligence is shown to be linked with trusting others, even after taking into account factors like marital status, education and income,
“This finding supports what other researchers have argued, namely that being a good judge of character is a distinct part of human intelligence which evolved through natural selection.”