Study Reveals Why We Trust Some Strangers and Not Others

Researchers have revealed that strangers are more likely to be trusted if they look like someone who has earned your trust before — and more likely to be distrusted if they resemble someone who has betrayed your faith in them. While previous research has shown how people can learn whether others are trustworthy over time, the team say it was unclear how an initial judgment is made about whether to trust or cooperate with someone.

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