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Trust and cooperation are essential for both individual well-being and societal functioning. I examine how people use different types of informational cues to judge if a stranger is trustworthy or not. These cues come from many different sources, such as physical appearance, natural language, and whether people make decisions quickly or slowly.  A key finding from my research is that people make trust decisions by focusing on information that is salient and easy to process (e.g., physical appearances), and they ignore information that requires time and cognitive effort to process (e.g., economic costs and benefits).

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Recent publications

  1. Expressions of doubt in online news discussions

    Evans, A. M., Stavrova, O., Rosenbusch, H., & Brandt, M. J. (2021). Expressions of doubt in online news discussions. Social Science Computer Review.
  2. Extroversion and conscientiousness predict deteriorating job outcomes…

    Evans, A. M., Meyers, M. C., van de Calseyde, P. P. F. M., & Stavrova, O. (2021). Extroversion and conscientiousness predict deteriorating job outcomes during the COVID-19 transition to enforced remote work. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  3. No effects of synchronicity in online social dilemma experiments - A …

    Evans, A. M., Kogler, C., & Sleegers, W. W. A. (2021). No effects of synchronicity in online social dilemma experiments: A registered report. Judgment and Decision Making, 16(4), 823-843.
  4. Facial appearance and electoral success of male Italian politicians -…

    Jaeger, B., Evans, A., & van Beest, I. (2021). Facial appearance and electoral success of male Italian politicians: Are trustworthy-looking candidates more successful in corrupt regions? Social Psychology, 52(1), 1-12.
  5. Understanding the role of faces in person perception: Increased relia…

    Jaeger, B., Evans, A., Stel, M., & van Beest, I. (2021). Understanding the role of faces in person perception: Increased reliance on facial appearance when judging sociability. https://psyarxiv.com/c3rdh/

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