Which face do you trust?

An angel or a devil?

Some features look trustworthy, and some do not.
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Alexander Todorov and Nikolaas Oosterhof at Princeton University conducted studies on the human face:
Taking what they have learned over time -- namely that, rightly or wrongly, people make instant judgments about faces that guide them in how they feel about that person -- the scientists decided to search for a way to quantify and define exactly what it is about each person's face that conveys a sense they can be trusted or feared. They chose those precise traits because they found they corresponded with a whole host of other vital characteristics, such as happiness and maturity.

"Humans seem to be wired to look to faces to understand the person's intentions," said Todorov, who has spent years studying the subtleties of the simple plane containing the eyes, nose and mouth. "People are always asking themselves, 'Does this person have good or bad intentions?'
...the scientists found that humans make split-second judgments on faces on two major measures -- whether the person should be approached or avoided and whether the person is weak or strong.
Read more about their research: Whom do we fear or trust? Faces instantly guide us, scientists say, News at Princeton, Princeton University>>
Graphic from The Boston Globe>>

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