Thin-Slicing "The Power of The Glance"
Thin-slicing is not an exotic gift. It is a central part of what it means to be human. We thin-slice whenever we meet a new person or have to make sense of something quickly or encounter a novel situation. We thin-slice because we have to, and we come to rely on that ability because there are lots of situations where careful attention to the details of a very thin slice, even for no more than a second or two, can tell us an awful lot.
Rapid cognition plays a powerful part in our everyday lives. These are people with a powerful ability to rapidly process the huge amount of available information and decide what is most important without taking the time to engage in slower, rational ways of thinking. And they are doing it unconsciously.
Psychologists have been calling this phenomenon “thin-slicing” and studies have shown that what we perceive in just a few seconds might take months or years of evaluation with the rational part of our minds. Which is why first impressions are so hard to shake. To learn more watch this video