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Brown-eyed People More Trustworthy Than Blue-eyed People

by Sheela Philomena on  January 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM Research News   - G J E 4
People with brown eyes are more trustworthy than those with blue eyes, states research published in PLOS ONE.
 Brown-eyed People More Trustworthy Than Blue-eyed People
Brown-eyed People More Trustworthy Than Blue-eyed People
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The study's results attempt to answer a larger question: What makes us think a person's face looks trustworthy? The authors asked study participants to rate male and female faces for trustworthiness based on two features: eye color and face shape. A significant number of participants found brown-eyed faces more trustworthy than blue-eyed, whether the faces were male or female. More rounded male faces, with bigger mouths and larger chins, were perceived as more trustworthy than narrow ones, but the shape of a female face did not have much effect on how trustworthy it appeared to the respondents.

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To test which of the two features were more important, the researchers tried a third test, presenting participants with photographs of male faces that were identical except for one difference: eye color. Here, they found that both eye colors were considered equally trustworthy. According to the study, "We concluded that although the brown-eyed faces were perceived as more trustworthy than the blue-eyed ones, it was not brown eye color per se that caused the stronger perception of trustworthiness but rather the facial features associated with brown eyes."

Source: Eurekalert
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