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Friday, January 29, 2010


Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

According to Scientific American, a recent study claims you can tell the Republicans from the Democrats just by looking at their head shots.

Ever-tan John Boehner hopes to make it on the second season of MTVs Jersey Shore.
  • Ever-tan John Boehner hopes to make it on the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore.
“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

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