It Takes Seconds for People to Decide These 4 Things About You

Sophie Miura

While we're taught to believe it's bad to judge others, there are certain subconscious judgments that are unavoidable. Psychologists call it "thin slicing," a term that describes the ability to find patterns and make judgments based on brief encounters.

To delve deeper into the science of first encounters, Business Insider reviewed a range of psychology studies about the split-second decisions people make. According to its research, the way we walk, the clothes we wear, and our facial movements all inform the way we're perceived by others. Here are four things people decide about you within seconds of meeting.

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