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"Think Better" with Alexander Todorov
“What Do We ‘See’ in a Face?”
A single glance at a face triggers a variety of inferences about the face owner, from their emotional states to their personality characteristics. Although a few of these inferences are accurate, it is hard to resist their subjectively compelling force. What makes face inferences compelling and misleading at the same time? And why do technological innovations fool us into thinking that we can read the character of others from their faces?

Take a deep dive into the science of first impressions with Chicago Booth's Alexander Todorov.

*NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 9 but has been moved to March 9*

Mar 9, 2022 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Alexander Todorov
Leon Carroll Marshall Professor of Behavioral Science and Rosett Faculty Fellow @University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Alexander Todorov studies how people perceive, evaluate, and make sense of the social world. His research uses multiple methods from behavioral experiments to building computational models. Todorov’s research has appeared in top behavioral science journals including Science, Nature Human Behavior, and Psychological Science, as well as PBS, NBC's Today Show, NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His most recent book publication is "Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions."
Nicholas Epley (moderator)
John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavior Science @Chicago Booth School of Business
Nicholas Epley studies social cognition—how thinking people think about other thinking people—to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other. He teaches an ethics and wellbeing course to MBA students called Designing a Good Life. His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals, been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others. He is the author of "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want."