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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Manchester

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Where: Grafton Arms, 27 Grafton Street, M13 9WU

When: 6pm on the last Thursday of every month

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Date 26 March 2015
Title Facing Up to the Truth
Speaker Dr Gayle Brewer

Despite being encouraged not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, we often form opinions of other people based on their appearance, and person perception forms an integral part of social interaction. Research suggests that we are able to accurately rate a person’s personality or other important characteristics (e.g. sexual orientation) based on physical appearance alone. This occurs when we have access to relatively limited information such as when viewing static facial photographs or even when observing other species. Particular aspects of our appearance e.g. facial symmetry and teeth may be especially informative and reveal specific information about our past. Furthermore, our physical appearance influences our behaviour, with recent research suggesting that hip width predicts women’s sexual behaviour. Join this session as Dr Gayle Brewer discusses the information revealed by our appearance and how our bodies influence our behaviour.

Organisers: Deborah Talmi, Bo Yao

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