Friday, June 19, 2015
You can look more trustworthy, but not more competent
Trustworthiness can be conveyed by a neutral face seen as "happy," while untrustworthiness is conveyed by a neutral face seeming angry. The precention comes from the facial structure not the expression the person puts on.
They ran faces by study participants in a number of formats--photos and computer-generated. They also asked which person would the participants hire as a financial adviser. When asked who would most likely win a weightlifting contest--ability--they chose the wider face identified with more testosterone.
So basically--people trust you more if your resting face or usual expression is a little happy-looking.
To look more competent--maybe put on glasses?
Also, don't people with a "duh face," you know, mouth slack, expressionless--look less competent, at least?