Love Games and First ImpressionsPrint
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.
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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