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Appearances can be deceptive. Here is a study that proves how appearances drastically impact our perceptions.

Objective of Study: To determine the perception people have of women who wear hijabs – a traditional Muslim head covering – versus women who don’t.

Below are the two images that were used for this study:

Key Observations:

72% people thought that women in headscarf is married while only 38% said that the western-looking women was married. 50% thought the latter to be working mom while only 35% thought that for headscraf-covered women. Only 30% wanted headscarf-covered woman as neighbor. 82% thought western-looking women are American and whopping 78% presumed that the head-scarved women was middle-eastern. 87 % also thought her to be Muslim!

Download this Colourful Report (pdf) to see the detailed results of this study.

Related Post: Learn more about muslim veils here.

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Comments on: "Study Proves How A Headscarf Can Fool You" (6)

  1. Wow! Talk about generalisations!
    I too wrote about the haedscarf and hope you have no objection to this link.
    http://justlearningman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/the-head-scarf-hijab-issue/

  2. wow, I wonder who are doing all these studies !

  3. @Winslie Gomez: I saw that you have a repository of collection of links in your posts! Wealth of information at one place.

    @xylene: Here is about the people who conducted this study: http://www.mediacurves.com/About.cfm

  4. Very interesting! Thanks.

  5. That’s interesting! I wear the headscarf and evidently look Arab but I’ve also been confused with a Nun on certain occasions 🙂

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