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Recognising faces but not traits: Accurate personality judgment from faces is unrelated to superior face memory

Recognising faces but not traits: Accurate personality judgment from faces is unrelated to superior face memory

Satchall, Liam Paul, Davis, Josh P. ORCID: 0000-0003-0017-7159, Julle-Danière, Eglantine, Tupper, Nina and Marshman, Paul (2019) Recognising faces but not traits: Accurate personality judgment from faces is unrelated to superior face memory. Journal of Research in Personality, 79. pp. 49-58. ISSN 0092-6566 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.02.002)

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Abstract

It is suggested that accurate personality judgments of faces are driven by a morphological ‘kernel of truth’ from face shape. We hypothesised that this relationship could lead to those with better face identification ability being better at personality judgments. We investigated the relationship between face memory, face matching, Big Five personality traits, and accuracy in recognising Big Five personality traits from 50 photographs of unknown faces. In our sample (n = 792) there was overall good (but varying) face memory and personality judgment accuracy. However, there was convincing evidence that these two skills do not correlate (all r < .06). We also replicate the known relationship between extraversion and face memory ability in the largest sample to date.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personality judgment; Kernel of truth; Face memory; Face perception
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 04:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22995

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