Consider the programmatic work on thin slicing by Ambady, made popular in Gladwell’s Blink.A thin slice involves brief exposure, typically less than 30 seconds, to behavior.
Studies indicate that judgments made by strangers based on thin slices are consistent with evaluations of individuals who are familiar with the stranger.
As one example, Ambady and Rosenthal found that students who viewed 6-to-15 second video segments of professors were able to form judgments that were consistent with judgments of teachers’ actual students.
So, you’re now probably thinking how you can work to make an accurate first impression on a speed date?
This knowledge is important, as it can be applied beyond a speed date to any 30-second introduction that is potentially romantic.
That is one of the greatest benefits of speed dating.
We quickly realize when our first date is headed for doom, and unfortunately, we realize this before the appetizer arrives.You know, the one where that woman just never talked?Or, the date where you showed up at a guy’s house only to be surprised that his entire family was there?Interestingly, women further explained a perception of “negative qualities” in the other person as something contributing to their negative thin slice judgments.These results are especially important given the long line of research indicating that thin slice judgments are consistent with long-term impressions. Houser, our quantitative findings further supported our open-ended responses.We then asked them two basic questions: how do you feel about the person you just met, and why?