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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, February 01, 2010

Image makeover

A pretty scary study that people were able to correctly pick party affiliation just by looking at black and white photos.

And more terrifyingly,
In a study published in Science in February 2009, subjects were able to predict from a pair of photos of faces alone which political figure would win an election. Even children could pick the winner when asked who they would prefer to be captain of their boat. And in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2007, researchers linked competence perceived from a candidate’s face to his or her electoral success.

This is our democracy.


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