Psychology of First Impressions

The second evening focused on first impressions. We opened with some of the Fifth Form's favourite first lines of books, followed by Genni James, who explained the biology behind pupil dilation and heart rate increase when we meet someone for the first time. 

We then carried out an investigation, led by Dr. Norman, where we rated the similarity between male members of staff and their (real or fake!) father-in-laws. Our results mirrored the real psychological research, which suggests that women are more likely to marry men who look like their fathers, because they associate particular features with their father’s own caring characteristics. As you can see, Lower College Society has succeeding in introducing scholars to a diverse range of topics beyond the curriculum: we very much look forward to seeing what next term brings!