Nexi 2010

Nexi 2010

Boston, Mass­a­chu­setts, USA — June 9, 2010 — “Nexi” studies and mimics human ges­tures as they relate to trust between people as part of a research col­lab­o­ra­tive including North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology, and Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity. Dave DeSteno (not pic­tured), NU pro­fessor of psy­chology, is looking at how humans decide whether to trust other humans when meeting for the first time. They have studied spe­cific ges­tures that humans make, which they have found are mim­icked by the other person in face-​​to-​​face inter­ac­tions. The mim­ic­king allows them to get a sense of how the other is feeling. That infor­ma­tion then helps them process whether or not they will trust the other person. Pic­ture taken at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, June 9, 2010. PHOTO: Mary Knox Merrill