Social attributions from faces bias human choices

Christopher Y. Olivola, Friederike Funk, Alexander Todorov

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Our success and well-being, as individuals and societies, depend on our ability to make wise social decisions about important interpersonal matters, such as the leaders we select and the individuals we choose to trust. Nevertheless, our impressions of people are shaped by their facial appearances and, consequently, so too are these social decisions. This article summarizes research linking facial morphological traits to important social outcomes and discusses various factors that moderate this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-570
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Facial appearance
  • Facial stereotyping
  • Human decision-making
  • Person perception
  • Social judgment


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