Baby-Faced People Appear More Trustworthy, According To Study
Jan 30, 2012 13:25
If you want to win over your political adversaries, first make sure you look like a giant baby. According to a slightly bizarre new psychological study, we're way more open to opposing ideas if they come from a baby-faced person.
Got a baby face? Then you're most likely able to win over your adversaries. According to a new psychological study, developed by Dr Ifat Maoz, he designed an experiment where there were subjects with fictional news items detailing a Palestinian peace proposal. The news item featured an attached photograph of a fake politician and the image was dgitally manipulated to make the person look older or younger.
They digitally made the eyes and mouth 15% bigger or smaller which resulted in a more baby faced look. Respondents were asked to give their opinions on the peace offers and consistently rated the person with a baby face more trustworthy than the same version but matured version of man.
"People generally associate a baby face with attributes of honesty, openness and acceptance, and once you trust your adversary, you have a greater willingness to reach a compromise."
But this isn't a panacea to challenges. And it can have both positive and negative effects. Infant-looking politicians do face a rather large stumbling block, at least according to Dr. Maoz:
"Although features of this type can lend politicians an aura of sincerity, openness and receptiveness, at the same time they can communicate a lack of assertiveness. So people tend to prefer baby-faced politicians as long they represent the opposing side, while on their own side they prefer representatives who look like they know how to stand their ground."
Real life is never quite like that, but what if you always had an inappropriate run in with the opposite sex at the wrong time. Here's this short film called "Nudity Probably". Video after the jump. NSFW: Read more