Do Mormons really glow? A scientific study

Turns out Mormon radar is real. Even without the leggings and layered tops, you can spot a Mormon a mile off.

Maybe you’ve heard something like this before:

There was this sense of “glow” from him, which I heard about many times yet never understood, like a “Mormon Radar.”

Psychologists at the University of Toronto and at Tufts University decided to test whether this “Mormon radar” is real. They collected a bunch of headshots of Mormons and non-Mormons. They eliminated photos with obvious clues (for example, they didn’t use pictures with lip piercings or other things that go against Mormon teachings). Then they showed those headshots to a bunch of people and asked them to guess whether each photo was of a Mormon or not.

Turns out Mormon radar is real. Even without the leggings and layered tops, you can spot a Mormon a mile off. You can find the complete study here.

I realize that this post has little to do with Utah politics, but hey, it’s finals week here at BYU.

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About Adam Brown

Adam Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University and a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. You can learn more about him at his website.
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