by Frank Lewis
According to Scientific American, a recent study claims you can tell the Republicans from the Democrats just by looking at their head shots.
“The authors [of the study] concluded that people possess ‘a general and imperfect’ ability to infer political affiliation based on facial appearance, which is related to stereotypes about Democrat and Republican personalities.”
“To investigate the basis of these judgments, subjects were asked to rate photos of faces on a seven-point scale assessing personality traits such as assertiveness, maturity, likeability and trustworthiness. Subjects consistently associated Democrats with warmth (likeable and trustworthy) and Republicans with power (dominant and mature).”
Come on — be honest: The real tipoffs were the unnatural tans and fluffy hairpieces (Republicans), and the combovers and policy-wonk pallors (Democrats). — Anastasia Pantsios