February 8, 2012

How Emotions Jump from Face to Face

S. Graham & J. Graham, Scientific American

AP Photo

Disability advocates were seeing red after two elderly women with medical conditions were allegedly strip-searched by TSA agents at New York’s JFK airport last December. You’d have to have a pretty thick skin not to empathize with an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman having her colostomy bag frisked. But the notion of one passenger being an unlikely terrorist also belies a discomfiting flipside: another passenger being a more likely candidate.

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TAGGED: Prejudice, Bias, Emotions, Human Face, Psychology


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