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Study suggests: You can see whether someone is rich or poor by looking at them

Psychologists from the University of Toronto have discovered that people are moderately accurate at predicting whether someone is richer or poorer than average just by looking at an image of their expressionless face. You can try it out for yourself in the image below. The study was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

„It indicates that something as subtle as the signals in your face about your social class can actually then perpetuate it,“ study author Thora Bjornsdottir said in a statement. „Those first impressions can become a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s going to influence your interactions, and the opportunities you have.“

The four faces in A and C were the „richer than average“ faces, the four in B and D were the „poorer than average“ faces. Thora Bjornsdottir/Nicholas Rule/University of Toronto

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