Best first impression facial expressions: Study shows how we judge people’s faces (VIDEO).

The Hidden Facial Cues That Determine First Impressions (Video)

The Hidden Facial Cues That Determine First Impressions (Video)

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Aug. 11 2014 1:21 PM

Approachability, Youthful Attractiveness, Dominance

The basic facial expressions that determine first impressions.  

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Researchers published a study in PNAS (PDF) modeling the conscious and subconscious judgments we make when meeting someone new. Three facial expressions stood out in volunteer tests.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.