Making Things Up As You Go: Study Says Political Party Is Written on Your Face

Whoever paid for this nonsense needs to get their money back.

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.

  • Matt February 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    That’s warm, if you are a velociraptor.

    • steve February 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Or any other cold-blooded reptilian.

  • Cynical Synapse February 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    That made me laugh out loud. The Wicked Witch of the West is not warm and friendly? Say it isn’t so!

    Next up: a picture of Honest Harry. Certainly Harry Reid is trustworthy and always considers proper procedure and the best interests of the country over his party politics, right?

    • steve February 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Harry Reid was my second choice. He doesn’t exude “warmth” either.

  • theCL February 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    That’s one of the Cenobites from Hellraiser, right? Warm indeed.

    • steve February 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Either that or one of the aliens from Star Trek: Insurrection