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Judging Republicans and Democrats by their Faces

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Science and Technology, Politics, Republicans, Democrats, stereotypes, PLOS One,

How can you tell if people are Republicans or a Democrats? Just look at their faces. In a study published on the science journal PLOS One, participants were able to correctly identify the political leanings of both politicians and college seniors, just by looking at photos their faces. “Republicans were perceived as more powerful than Democrats,” according to the researchers. “Similarly,” the study found that when it comes to personalities, “as individual targets were perceived to be warmer, they were more likely to be perceived as Democrats.” The researchers concluded that people used stereotypes to identify Republicans and Democrats, and often, those stereotypes worked.

(Thanks, Barking Up the Wrong Tree.)

Source: PLOS One