How do we decide whether to trust somebody?

An unusual new study of col­lege stu­dents’ inter­ac­tions with a robot has shed light on why we intu­itively trust some people and dis­trust others. While many people assume that behav­iors like avoiding eye con­tact and fid­geting are sig­nals that a person is being dis­honest, sci­en­tists have found that no single ges­ture or expres­sion con­sis­tently pre­dicts trustworthiness.

But researchers from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology and Cor­nell recently iden­ti­fied four dis­tinct behav­iors that, together, appear to warn our brains that a person can’t be trusted.

 

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