First impressions really do count. In fact, there's a science to a good first impression.
Known by psychologists as 'thin slicing', people tend to make up their mind about various things within a few seconds of meeting you.
Research also suggests that those first judgments do tend to stick.
These are some of the ways in which you'll be judged the fastest.
1. Sexual orientation
According tothis 2008 study, It takes about the same amount of time to determine whether you judge a man to be gay or straight.
While this may not represent as much of a problem in the UK, there are parts of the world where these snap judgments on sexuality could become extremely dangerous.
2. Dominance (in men)
3. Promiscuity (in women)
This 2007 studyfound a correlation between visible tattoos on women, and perceptions of high alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity.
Results also showed that tattooed women were considered less attractive, while blonde women were generally rated more negatively than brunettes in terms of sexual behavior.
However, the one judgment that stayed consistent was trustworthiness.
In other words, someone's already made up their mind as to whether they can trust youwithin a tenth of a second- and their judgment is unlikely to change.
Looking while speaking was a key behavior.
It significantly correlated with IQ, was successfully manipulated by impression-managing targets, and contributed to higher perceived intelligence ratings.
6. Social status
They based their hypothesis on "costly signalling theory" and found that evidence of luxury consumption benefit-ted social interactions.
The present data suggest that luxury consumption can be a profitable social strategy because conspicuous displays of luxury qualify as a costly signalling trait that elicits status-dependent favorable treatment.
They were also considered to earn more money, have more confidence and be more trustworthy.
This gave comparable results toone Canadian study, in which photos of men in business attire were judged as more financially successful than those in casual clothing.
Similarly, your tone of voice could project whether you see yourself as high or low-power: reseach suggests that a lower, more dynamic vocal range helps appear more self assured.
Posture and good eye contact also contributed towards an impression of confidence.