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.
Go beyond the episode:
- Alexander Todorov’s Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions
- Explore the Social Perception Lab at Princeton, where you can watch videos of how our visual stereotypes map onto faces
- Watch how bias shapes photographic portraits in this experiment from Canon Australia
- Elizabeth Wilson’s Love Game: A History of Tennis from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon
- And, of course: live updates from Wimbledon
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