Facing up to stereotypes

Surgeons are less emotional than physicians, or are they?.

Testing this stereotype, researchers from Flinders University analysed the portraits of almost 6000 surgeons and physicians taken especially to attract patients.

Working on the common assumption that the right side of the face is less expressive than the left, the researchers hypothesised that if the stereotype were true, surgeons would be more likely than physicians to show their right cheek in the photographs.