Smarty Pants Podcast

Love Games and First Impressions


How to judge tennis—or a stranger’s face


By Stephanie Bastek

July 13, 2017



Psychologist Alexander Todorov tells us how we’ve got it all wrong on the science of first impressions—and warns of physiognomy’s dangerous return—while Elizabeth Wilson gives us a glimpse into the secret, sexy history of tennis, just in time for the Wimbledon finals.

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