Boston, Massachusetts, USA – June 9, 2010 – “Nexi” studies and mimics human gestures as they relate to trust between people as part of a research collaborative including Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. Dave DeSteno (not pictured), NU professor of psychology, is looking at how humans decide whether to trust other humans when meeting for the first time. They have studied specific gestures that humans make, which they have found are mimicked by the other person in face-to-face interactions. The mimicking allows them to get a sense of how the other is feeling. That information then helps them process whether or not they will trust the other person. Picture taken at Northeastern University, June 9, 2010. PHOTO: Mary Knox Merrill