Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Photographs spot the divorce-prone

Big surprise! The kids in high school with the big smiles are a better bet for domestic bliss than those who sport perpetual pouts.

According to research by a team led by DePauw University associate professor of psychology Matthew J. Hertenstein, it is possible to predict whose marriages will fail by looking at youthful snapshots, including photographs in high school yearbooks.

"Smile intensity predicted whether or not participants divorced at some point in their lives," the researchers write. "The less intensely participants smiled, the more likely they would be divorced later in life."

The 650 subjects surveyed ranged in age from 21 to 87. Those with the weakest smiles were more than three times as likely to have been through a divorce as those who flashed the pearly whites when the shutter clicked.

Say "cheese."

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