Posted by: Anne Balaban | February 3, 2013

The Ten Second Reaction: Psychology Matters

Psychology Class

Psychology Class

The ten seconds reaction.

This term we are studying many psychological theories and verifying them through our everyday observations.  A recent topic:  Is there a correlation between how we look and how we are treated?

On Saturday mornings I get my exercise by walking with a  group from the local “Running Room”.  Due to a tight schedule, I do not have a chance to change my clothing  before teaching my psychology class.  I noticed something immediately… From the moment I passed through the school’s doors, I perceived that I was treated quite differently when wearing exercise attire.  So I asked “Do looks Matter?”; “How long does it take to notice a difference?”; and “Is there a Correlation?”.  Well, 50 researchers (my peers, supervisors and students) all provided their input and yes, there is a correlation – and it took ten seconds to notice.  Great work everyone.

In our psychology class, we yet again affirmed that looks do matter.  Looking your best every day is something to consider.  Thank you to the wonderful staff at Donato Salon and Spa.

Other future topics this semester: Instant Gratification; Toxic Personalities; MBTI; Personality Dimensions and  New Baby Lab Research on Nurture and Nature… topics to engage,  inspire and make you think.

I would like to thank all of my participants for being amazing students and, yes,  the teacher has learned from all of you.


  1. This was my first time taking your psychology class and am i ever glad i did. The knowledge you bring with you, the enthusiasam in your voice and motivation to constantly learn has inspired me to open my mind and way of thinking. I thank you for being such a great teacher, speaker and wonderful person. keep up your amazing efforts.


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