Speed dating notes
We make split-second judgments of strangers all the time: When a student decides to drop a class based on minutes of a professor's teaching or when we meet someone at a party, our first impressions count.
For as long as parents have admonished their children "don't judge a book by its cover," most of us have been doing just that.
The psychologists are finding that in some cases our social intuition is indeed amazing--we can sometimes pick up a remarkable amount of information about a person's personality or skills in just a few seconds.
At other times, though, we can all be social dunces--oblivious to these nuances.
At the end of each date, participants mark on a card whether or not they'd like to see the other person again.