Trust

Trust in Leaders, Sense of Belonging Stir People to Safeguard Common Goods, Analysis Shows

A team of researchers share scientific findings on conditions that foster cooperative use of common resources, ranging from drinking water to public television. More

  • Being “average” is often considered a bad thing, but research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. More

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    People Trust Typical-Looking Faces Most

    Being “average” is often considered a bad thing, but research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. More

  • A criminal defendant's face may determine the severity of the sentence he receives, a study using photos and sentencing data of inmates shows. More

    The Trustworthiness of an Inmate’s Face May Seal His Fate

    A criminal defendant's face may determine the severity of the sentence he receives, a study using photos and sentencing data of inmates shows. More

  • Even when you have to break a promise or obligation, you’re more apt to keep your star players if they perceive you as fair and honest, a study suggests. More

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    Trust Tramples Turnover

    Even when you have to break a promise or obligation, you’re more apt to keep your star players if they perceive you as fair and honest, a study suggests. More

  • Chief executives with certain facial features are immediately assessed as more trustworthy, and are less likely to be blamed for a company's financial problems, a study has found. More

    At Face Value: Certain Facial Features Inspire Trust

    Chief executives with certain facial features are immediately assessed as more trustworthy, and are less likely to be blamed for a company's financial problems, a study has found. More

  • A comprehensive report examines the psychological research on the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

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    Building Public Trust in the Police

    A comprehensive report examines the psychological research on the factors that drive public trust and law-related behavior. More

  • Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. More

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    Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality

    Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. More

  • A study explores whether giving artificial intelligence a more human face, in the form of a virtual driving agent, would help increase people’s trust in smart driving systems. More

    Similarity to Human Drivers Inspires Trust in Self-Driving Cars

    A study explores whether giving artificial intelligence a more human face, in the form of a virtual driving agent, would help increase people’s trust in smart driving systems. More

  • People often mimic each other’s facial expressions without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils. More

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    Look Into My Pupils: Pupil Mimicry May Lead to Increased Trust

    People often mimic each other’s facial expressions without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils. More

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