About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Split-Second Helpings of Intuition Serve Lasting Impressions

by Medindia Content Team on August 24, 2006 at 5:19 PM
Font : A-A+

Split-Second Helpings of Intuition Serve Lasting Impressions

Gut feel or intuition is fleeting that we could use it in just one tenth of a second to gauge a stranger, according to research in this area. Researchers say that impressions are formed even in the absence of speech and movement, because all it needs is just a split second to size up a person's character and decide whether he is worthy of companionship and trust.

With the help of timed experiments, participants were asked to form an opinion of persons they had not met, by just looking at pictures. The findings revealed that irrespective of the duration of time allowed to study a face, 100 milliseconds, or 500 milliseconds, the inferences made about the face shown did not alter.

Advertisement

Alexander Todorov, a psychologist at Princeton University in the US, said, "The link between facial features and character may be tenuous at best, but that doesn't stop our minds from sizing other people up at a glance. We decide very quickly whether a person possesses many of the traits we feel are important, such as likeability and competence, even though we have not exchanged a single word with them. It appears that we are hard-wired to draw these inferences in a fast, unreflective way."

Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
Drinking This Popular Beverage May Drop Dementia Risk
Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Find a Hospital Indian Medical Journals A-Z Drug Brands in India Color Blindness Calculator Daily Calorie Requirements Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug Side Effects Calculator Iron Intake Calculator The Essence of Yoga

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use