Trusting Strangers - Who Do We Trust and Why?

How exactly do our brains form these snap judgements?⎮29 min 24 sec listen
Trusting Strangers - Who Do We Trust and Why?
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When two strangers meet, how do they figure out whether they should trust each other?

Within 100 milliseconds of seeing someone for the first time, you could assess everything from whether you share a cultural or racial identity with a stranger to the width of their jaw. Before you even talk to them for the first time, you have already made a judgement about how trustworthy they are.

Sometimes you make this decision before you even see the person.

In an era when trust in organisations and strangers is falling, what can this teach us about how and why we trust? Science reporter Carl Smith examines the subtle processing at work in this single moment in Trusting Strangers - Who Do We Trust and Why?

Guests

Professor Dr Anne Bockler Raettig, Institute for Psychology, Leibniz University Hannover

Dr Clare Sutherland, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

Dr Nicole Nelsen, Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Queensland

Further information

Rethinking Trust.

Dr Clare Sutherland's study collaboration with the University of Western Australia on the basis of trust.

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