Perception of high school cliques has changed

February 21, 2019 | The Chicago Tribune

How long does it take to figure out what clique someone ran with in high school?

No longer than seven seconds, according to ongoing research from Dr. Rachel Gordon of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gordon had college students look at seven-second video clips of 15-year-olds they’d never met and asked them to guess which clique the people were in.

Overwhelmingly, Gordon found guesses of “smart,” or “a brain,” were correctly offered for students who carried the highest GPAs and took the most AP classes, for example.

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