Your gut instincts on meeting a new person are likely to be wrong, according to one leading scientist
We judge others instantly based on their facial expressions and appearance, but this rarely matches up to their true personality.
Your first impressions on meeting a new person are likely to be wrong, according to one leading scientist.
The assumptions we make when meeting new people are based largely on their facial expressions and appearance, but this rarely matches up to their personality.
And these hang-ups may spoil
our chances of finding a life partner or landing the perfect job, according to Professor Alex Todorov, from Princeton University in New Jersey.
Faces that look happy, even if they’re not smiling, (left) are commonly rated as more trustworthy than faces that appear angry (right). Pictured are computer-generated faces
Faces that look happy, even if they’re not smiling, are commonly rated as more trustworthy, he said.
But this is a false misco
nception, and there’s no link between those who have an agreeable face and the ability for you to trust them.
Droopy eyes, pale skin and signs of sleep deprivation wrongly tend to hint at unintelligence.
Professor Todorov recently explained these findings in a book called ‘Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions.’
‘It’s obviously a complex story, but the reason we trust first impressions automatically is that they feel right,’ Professor Todorov toldVice.
‘The reason we’re often wrong is that these impressions are not accurate as inferences of character.’
He added that faces that appear angry are the most likely to be perceived as untrustworthy.
‘But obviously that judgement would be a poor predictor of how a person is across time and situations,’ he said.
Professor Todorov said people who rely on their hunches may be undermining their own chances of finding the partner of their dreams.
‘We never rigorously test our hunches,’ he told Vice.
‘If you’re at a party and your instinct is to turn away, you might miss your life partner.
‘You see a new neighbor and decide he’s not a nice person, well, you’re going to live with him for years.’
Last year, Professor Todorov conducted an experiment that found our first impressions of others are based on our own experiences.
The study’s participants were shown hundreds of faces and asked to judge their trustworthiness, attractiveness, competence and other characteristics.
The results showed that exposure to different faces not only shifts what faces people perceive as typical, but also what faces they evaluate more positively (more typical faces are evaluated more positively).
‘Our results show that the mere statistical position of faces imbues them with social meaning – faces are evaluated more negatively the more they deviate from a learned central tendency, or what each person considers a typical face,’ Dr Todorov said in 2016.
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‘These determinants of impressions are not about facial features per se but about one’s learning of faces.
‘In other words, although there is no ‘average’ human face, you like faces that are closer to your own definition of a typical face.’
His results were published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.
He added our misguided first impressions are becoming more important in the digital world, where employers choose candidates based on their LinkedIn profiles and singles pick potential dates by swiping through photos on Tinder.
‘Ideally, you’d post different images on LinkedIn than you would on Facebook,’ he told Vice.
‘Different images of the same person can generate completely different impressions.
‘The person can look attractive and competent in one image and silly and not very smart in another.’
‘Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions’ is available now in the US and UK.
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