First impressions speed dating
Austin -- Knowledge is power, yet new research suggests that a person’s appearance alone can trump knowledge.First impressions are so powerful that they can override what we are told about people.The first study analyzed a series of experiments involving more than 1,000 participants who met each other through either a 3-minute speed-dating style interview or by watching a video of the person they are evaluating.They also evaluated their own personalities."What we observe here is that the accuracy of impressions is the same when you meet someone face to face or simply watch a video of them,” Biesanz, says.
They did this to "teach the participants to learn information that was opposite to their perceptions,” Rule says.This disconnect can cause confusion and distress in the online dating realm, as potential partners that seem terrific 'on paper' prove to be disappointing after a face-to-face interaction.”Beyond the online dating realm, Vivian Zayas of Cornell University, Gül Günaydin of Middle East Technical University, and colleague have found that viewing a photograph can be a a good predictor of how you will judge someone in person."Despite the well-known idiom to 'not judge a book by its cover,' the present research shows that such judgments about the cover are good proxies for judgments about the book—even after reading it,” says Zayas, who is chairing a session at the SPSP conference called "When to Judge a Book by Its Cover: Timing, Context, and Individual Differences in First Impressions.”Zayas' new research shows that initial impressions based on viewing a single photograph accurately predict how a person will feel about the other person in a live interaction that takes place more than 1 month later."But our meta-analysis reveals that men and women do not show these sex differences when they evaluate others in a face-to-face context,” Eastwick says.
"That is, attractiveness inspires men’s and women’s romantic evaluations to the same extent, and earning prospects inspires men’s and women’s romantic evaluations to the same extent.”The research suggests that in live face-to-face settings, people rely more on their gut-level evaluations of another person.That is the bottom line of his new research that looks at the difference in how we form impressions in person, versus online, by video, or by just watching.