Ready for Your Close-Up?

As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." For people in certain professions—acting, modeling, and even politics—this phrase rings particularly true. Previous studies have examined how our social judgments of pictures of people are influenced by factors such as whether the person is smiling or frowning, but until now one factor has never been investigated: the distance between the photographer and the subject. According to a new study by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), this turns out to make a difference—close-up photo subjects, the study found, are judged to look less trustworthy, less competent, and less attractive.

Decision Making 2012

Caltech neuroscientists have been looking directly into the brain in the hope of homing in on just how people make voting decisions—and, in particular, whether electability really is in the eye of the beholder.

Different Minds

Llike the autism spectrum itself, the spectrum of autism research at Caltech also runs a gamut.

From Dendrites to Decisions

For a dozen or so Caltech faculty, learning about learning has become a scientific endeavor.


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