(ScienceDaily) Is a Stranger Trustworthy? You’ll Know in 20 Seconds
(Nov. 15, 2011)
There’s definitely something to be said for first impressions. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests it can take just 20 seconds to detect whether a stranger is genetically inclined to being trustworthy, kind or compassionate.
The findings reinforce that healthy humans are wired to recognize strangers who may help them out in a tough situation. They also pave the way for genetic therapies for people who are not innately sympathetic, researchers said.
Oxytocin, the ‘cuddle hormone’ is released when you hug, cuddle your pet, do a good deed, or share a meal. Research shows that people who have a good marriage, loved ones, or a close friend cut their risk of death by one-third. Having deep connections means you reduce stress and create more happiness which keeps you healthier. So, research will show that love heals, and isolation hurts.
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