Constructing on latest advances in social cognition, we design an algorithm to routinely generate trustworthiness evaluations for the facial motion models (smile, eye brows, and many others.) of European portraits in giant historic databases. Our outcomes present that trustworthiness in portraits elevated over the interval 1500–2000 paralleling the decline of interpersonal violence and the rise of democratic values noticed in Western Europe. Additional analyses recommend that this rise of trustworthiness shows is related to elevated dwelling requirements.

That’s from a new paper by Lou Safra, et.al. in Nature.  Scroll down just a few pages for some good photographs, mainly the individuals within the work look much less pissed off over time.  Through Lionel Page.

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