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How to Hack a First Impression

Head high, eyes forward, and please, please keep your hands out of your pockets.

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This story appears in the May 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In a study published in 1992, researchers Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal at tested the of first impressions by examining students' perceptions of their professors. For the experiment, Ambady and Rosenthal showed muted, 10-second video clips of professors to participating undergrads, who rated the teachers on 15 dimensions of effectiveness, including warmth, optimism and professionalism, all based entirely on nonverbal cues.

Guy Shield

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