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At First Sight: Psychology of First Impressions

Monday 16 April, 20h00 • Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6 • Prof. D. Fetchenhauer, Professor of Economic and Social Psychology, Un. of Cologne

Suppose you are sitting in a train compartment with one other person that you’ve never seen before. After a while you have to go to the restroom. What do you do? Do you take your luggage with you? In their everyday life humans make such intuitive judgments all the time.

Traditional social psychology would be rather skeptic as to whether such first impressions can be trusted, as they might be biased by all kinds of prejudices and errors, for example; to think that beautiful people are smart. However, in the last decades a vast number of studies revealed that our first impressions are surprisingly valid. With only very limited information people are able to judge the personality and intelligence of others. What can we learn from this research for our everyday lives?


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Prof. D. Fetchenhauer, Professor of Economic and Social Psychology, Un. of Cologne