Facial appearance affects voting decisions

  title={Facial appearance affects voting decisions},
  author={Anthony C. Littlea and Robert P. Burrissa and Benedict C. Jonesb and S. Craig Robertsa},
  • Anthony C. Littlea, Robert P. Burrissa, +1 author S. Craig Robertsa
  • Published 2006
Human groups are unusual among primates in that our leaders are often democratically selected. Faces affect hiring decisions and could influence voting behavior. Here, we show that facial appearance has important effects on choice of leader. We show that differences in facial shape alone between candidates can predict who wins or loses in an election (Study 1) and that changing context from war time to peace time can affect which face receives the most votes (Study 2). Our studies highlight the… CONTINUE READING

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