Study Shows We Feel Better About Those Who Look Like Us

March 4, 2009

Italy (ChattahBox) – According to a new study done by the University of Padova, we are predisposed to feel comfortable and friendly towards someone who looks like us, and it has more to do with our ancestors then current society.

The study showed that we have a genetic instinct passed on from out ancestors that causes us to relate to people who look like us, because it was a way of differentiating relatives.

Based on this theory, they did tests on 70 sets of identical twins who no longer look exactly alike, as they have changed over the years. They manipulated images of both twins, and asked each one who they would feel more committed to protecting in a dangerous situation, or who they would like a different sibling of the opposite gender to marry. They almost always chose the twin model who looked most like themselves.

It seems to clearly show that the principle still remains, despite the years of evolution between us and our most basic ancestors.


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