When Meeting New People, They'll Immediately Pick Out These 4 Facial Features

Brilliance | Dec. 18, 2017

They say first impressions are everything. In those first moments of meeting someone new, psychologists say you'll both be scoping out the same four facial features. For example, you'll assess how much they look like a baby. Wait, what?

Don't Judge Me

While you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, we can't help but do it. And not to put pressure on you or anything, but first impressions kind of are pretty important and they tend to really stick with people (especially if they're... not great). When people decide in less than a second of meeting someone if they're trustworthy or not, you better make that blip in time count. Despite all of this, humans aren't very good at make quick, initial judgments about people. Putting your best face forward means understanding what parts of your face are actually being judged so quickly. But, hey, when in doubt, just smile.

Time To Face The Facts

According to psychologist Leslie Zebrowitz of Brandeis University, you judge a person by reading four facial cues. Her research, published in Current Direction in Psychological Science in June 2017, these are the four cues:

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