(Telegraph) Judgements about trustworthiness are made in the first second of meeting
By Agencies 10:01PM BST 05 Aug 2014
People only need to meet someone for less than a second before they decide how trustworthy they are, New York university research finds
It is common to hear the advice urging us not to rush to judge others.
However, it seems that we actually decide whether to trust someone else within a fraction of a second of meeting them, according to new research.
Psychologists have discovered that our brains automatically process a person’s facial features with the first glance we have of them, helping us to form snap judgements about them before consciously perceiving their appearance.
The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, tested people’s reactions to faces that flashed up in front of them for a fraction of a second.
Assistant professor Jonathan Freeman, of New York University, said: “Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to a face’s trustworthiness before it is even consciously perceived.