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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