Your facial features give it away: Are you rich or poor?

Experts warn of the dangers of judging people on facial features alone (University of Glasgow)

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Experts warn of the dangers of judging people on facial features alone (University of Glasgow)

A study in Scotland has revealed how certain facial structures shape perceptions of wealth or poverty.

In a study conducted by scientists from the University of Glasgow, it was determined that people with narrow faces and light skin color were perceived as rich.

Indicators of wealth include raised eyebrows and eyes that are closer together.

The study, published in the scientific journal APA Journal of Experimental Psychology on January 25, also reported that people with these facial features are thought to be more trustworthy, friendly and competent.

The study found that people with wider and flatter facial features are perceived as poor. Indicators of poverty also include a colder skin color.

Thora Bjornsdottir, one of the scientists who conducted the study, said the participants were white people living in Western countries.

Pointing to the negative effects of judging people based only on their facial features, the academic said

The findings show how much influence stereotypes have on how we perceive others. They shape our perceptions. Our impressions of other people can turn to their advantage or disadvantage in certain situations.

Rachael E. Jack emphasized that the relationship between certain facial types and stereotypes about social classes is important and stated that she wants the research results to contribute to breaking prejudices.


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