Can We Judge Social Status by Facial Features? New Study Says Yes

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In ‘Psychology Behind Headlines’, hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes and guest therapist John Puls discuss a new study suggesting we subconsciously judge people’s social status based on their facial features.

The Power of First Impressions

Our brains are wired to make quick judgments about people based on appearances, including perceived social class. These snap judgments can be misleading and unfair.

Stereotypes at Play

The study found that facial features associated with certain stereotypes (like skin tone and facial shape) influenced people’s perception of social status. This highlights how unconscious biases are at work.

Challenging Our Biases

We must be aware of the tendency to judge people based on appearances. Instead of relying on stereotypes, we need to get to know individuals to truly understand them.

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