Within 20 seconds you can tell whether a stranger is trustworthy

April 22, 2012

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests it can take just 20 seconds to detect whether a stranger is genetically inclined to being trustworthy, kind or compassionate.

I'm reading Jonah Lehrer's How We Decide (which I'll finish today), and am at a point in the book where he's touching on similar concepts (with respect to the ability to empathize, oxytocin, etc.). (Unrelated: How We Decide probably is the first book I've read this year that I'm going to give a five-star rating. It's fantastic.)

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