How long does it take you to judge someone? Less time than you think

Being able to spot a trustworthy person is a vital skill in business, but as is not rushing to judge people before you’ve got to know them.

If you think you’re a pretty non-judgemental person, you might be surprised to learn you judge someone’s trustworthiness within a split second of meeting them.

New research by New York University has found our brains automatically process a person’s facial features upon first glance, prompting us to make snap judgements before we’ve had time to consciously register the person’s face.

Researchers analysed the brain activity of volunteers who were shown flashes of faces lasting only a fraction of a second and found their brain activity was similar to people who had been shown images for a longer period of time.

So much for not rushing to a judgement, eh?

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