Do You Have Resting Rich Face

Apparently we can look at your face and determine if you are making a good living according to a recent story in New York Post. see below

Does your household earn a comfortable living? If so, you may have resting rich face.

A new study from the University of Toronto, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that people’s faces may reveal whether they’re rich or poor.

The study’s authors grouped subjects ages 18 to 22 into two groups — those with total family incomes under $60,000, and those with incomes above $100,000 — and had them pose for pictures without expressing any emotion. A separate group of subjects then looked at the photographed faces and determined whether they were poor or rich. They were able to guess correctly with roughly 53% accuracy, which is above random chance.

“Over time, your face comes to permanently reflect and reveal your experiences,” says study co-author Nicholas Rule. “Even when we think we’re not expressing something, relics of those emotions are still there.”

The results, which authors say were not affected by race or gender, were hard for the subjects to explain. “People are not really aware of what cues they are using when they make these judgments,” says study co-author Thora Bjornsdottir. “If you ask them why, they don’t know. They are not aware of how they are doing this.”

Of course, there are variables that this small study couldn’t account for: family incomes can change over the course of a subject’s childhood, and average income differs greatly from place to place. But study authors say that the results may provide more clues into poverty cycles and social classes.


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