Alexander Todorov

Alex Todorov
Professor, Associate Chair
323 Peretsman Scully Hall
Ph.D., New York University
Curriculum Vitæ (136.62 KB)

Our evaluations and impressions are an inherent part of our experience of the world. A single glance at a face gives us enough information to form all kinds of impressions. Do we like this person? Do we trust her? Our lab studies how people evaluate their environments and how these evaluations shape perception and social interactions. You may find us asking questions like: What makes a novel object beautiful? How does a person seem trustworthy? How do people change their initial impressions? We use multiple methods: from behavioral and fMRI experiments investigating evaluative processes to building of computational models identifying the perceptual properties of objects and faces evoking specific evaluations.

Representative Publications

Oosterhof, N. N., & Todorov, A. (2008). The functional basis of face evaluation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 105, 11087-11092.

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Todorov, A., & Engell, A. (2008). The role of the amygdala in implicit evaluation of emotionally neutral faces. Social, Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, 3, 303-312.

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Todorov, A., Said, C. P., Engell, A. D., & Oosterhof, N. N. (2008). Understanding evaluation of faces on social dimensions. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12, 455-460.

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Todorov, A., Mandisodza, A. N., Goren, A., & Hall, C. C. (2005). Inferences of competence from faces predict election outcomes. Science, 308, 1623-1626.

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Engell, A. D., Haxby, J. V., & Todorov, A. (2007). Implicit trustworthiness decisions: Automatic coding of face properties in human amygdala. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1508-1519.

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