- Any interaction with another person requires some judgement of their characteristics from a short amount of time. Each day a person can interact with many individuals and quick judgments have to be made in each situation to decide how to act or react. This means a person can make hundreds of instantaneous judgments each day that may register as little more than a “gut feeling” about whether the person across the room should be approached or not . These intuitive judgments may not always be accurate but they are a guide to navigating through the social playing field and deciding who can be trusted. Facial judgments are important not only for the person making the judgments but also the individual on the receiving end, because they have social consequences that could affect every aspect of their life. It has been found that certain life events and choices, such as smoking cigarettes, can result in later decrease in perceived facial trustworthiness. If the choices someone makes can influence facial cues that lead to lower perceived trustworthiness, what about events that can happen to a person outside of their control?
In this study data from a longitudinal study of boys from childhood to adulthood is used to assess if trauma during key points of development (adolescence) has an affect of later perceived trustworthiness in adulthood.