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

Liam Paul Satchell, Josh P. Davis, Eglantine Julle-Danière, Nina Tupper, Paul Marshman

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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 < 0.06). We also replicate the known relationship between extraversion and face memory ability in the largest sample to date.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume79
Early online date13 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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