The result? They found that the students’ guesses were much better than chance. They also found that the students were good at guessing the political party affiliation of other students based on pictures of their faces.
The subtle clue the students used to make their guesses? Republicans’ faces tended to score higher on a measure of “power,” based on how dominant and mature they looked. Democrats’ faces scored higher for “warmth,” as based on their perceived likeability and trustworthiness.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t immediately think “warmth,” likability or trustworthiness when I look at this picture of a prominent Democrat:
*Note to Martin @ WWTFT: No Obama Picture.