Measuring Our Changing First Impressions
People make rapid judgments about the characteristics of others based on their facial expressions. Although these first impressions may seem superficial, they have been found to predict legal, political, and financial outcomes. Research suggests that
New Research From Psychological Science
A sample of new research exploring the role of meaning in semantic priming, the two-body inversion effect, and abstract-concept learning in several animal species.
To Understand Others’ Minds, ‘Being’ Them Beats Reading Them
We may believe we can tell what others are experiencing by observing them – but new research shows we’d get a much better idea if we put ourselves in their shoes instead.
We Read Emotions Based on How the Eye Sees
We use others’ eyes – whether they’re widened or narrowed – to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions.
We Dislike Hypocrites Because They Deceive Us
We’re averse to hypocrites because their disavowal of bad behavior sends a false signal, misleading us into thinking they’re virtuous when they’re not, findings from a psychological study show.
People Are Surprisingly Bad at Knowing Who Their Rivals Are
New research suggests that we’re much better at knowing who likes us than who is competing against us at work.