Neighborhood Disorder and Trust (02-26-20)

Chang and Baskin-Sommers set out to learn more about how a disorderly neighborhood can influence trust. They share that “Neighborhood disorder (i.e., physical or social decay) is associated with decreased trust, which reinforces criminal behavior for some individuals in these communities. . . . we examined the association between perceived neighborhood disorder and facial trustworthiness perception. . . .   findings suggest that similarly processing trustworthy and untrustworthy faces . . . may reflect an adaptation among those with higher perceived neighborhood disorder that mitigates against [diminishes] deviant behavior and contacts with the law.”

Shou-An Chang and Arielle Baskin-Sommers. 2020.   “Living in a Disadvantaged Neighborhood Affects Neural Processing of Facial Trustworthiness.”  Frontiers in Psychology, in press, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00409