January 25 2013
The Feeling Within
Alternatives to polygraphs:
truth serums (just barbiturates which are relaxants but it’s still easy to lie and
can cause memory distortion)
guilty knowledge test (asking questions and measuring arousal like polygraph
but has a low false positive rate. The way the questions are asked are different.
Questions are not ‘yes-no’ but instead mc questions including details of the crime
only the criminal would know, and measure physiological arousal looking for
spikes when details mentioned)
Who do we find attractive?
attraction refers to both romance and to friendship
are they around? How frequently do we encounter them? Proximity matters. Repeated exposure leads to familiarity. “mere exposure effect”; if you show
people a picture repeatedly they are more likely to like them. Proximity allows
more opportunities to interact. Also, gives an opportunity for misattribution of
are they similar to us (in important ways)? Being similar helps. Validates our
views and we can anticipate and know what to expect from that person (views,
are they attractive? There are individual and cultural differences when comes
to deciding who is or isn’t attractive; attraction is subjective. “average face”:
symmetry. Most attractive women have higher estrogen levels, relating to
do they engage with us (reciprocity)?
The reciprocity norm: expect people to give