NEW YORK -- A new study suggests the secret to academic success may lie in beauty.
Researchers at the University of Nevada say students are more likely to pay attention if their teacher is attractive.
The study used college students, who were able to remember more from lectures given by professors they found attractive.
The lead author of the study says while the attractiveness of the teachers made a difference by about half a letter grade, factors like teacher training, experience, and dedication would probably make a bigger difference for students' grades.
Besides, he says, good-looking people are more likely to get hired in almost any context, suggesting that schools have preferred to hire more attractive teachers all along.