Which would you recognize more quickly? A candid photograph of yourself, or, a photo airbrushed in your favor?
It seems we recognize “better” images of ourselves more quickly.
I don’t find it terribly surprising that we prefer prettier pictures of ourselves. What seems to be significant is that we recognize ourselves a split second sooner when we are looking good!
- I wonder if this holds when we are depressed?
- And does it hold for verbal descriptions – do we recognize a positive account of our contribution more quickly than a realistic account?
I am fumbling here, but I suspect this may be very significant for managing social media campaigns?