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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Using composite images to assess accuracy in personality attribution to faces
Author(s): Little, Anthony
Perrett, David I
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Keywords: Faces
Face Social aspects
Visual perception
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Citation: Little A & Perrett DI (2007) Using composite images to assess accuracy in personality attribution to faces, British Journal of Psychology, 98 (1), pp. 111-126.
Abstract: Several studies have demonstrated some accuracy in personality attribution using only visual appearance. Using composite images of those scoring high and low on a particular trait, the current study shows that judges perform better than chance in guessing others’ personality, particularly for the traits conscientiousness and extraversion. This study also shows that attractiveness, masculinity, and age may all provide cues to accurately assess personality and that accuracy is affected by the sex of both of those judging and being judged. Individuals do perform better than chance at guessing another’s personality from only facial information, providing some support for the popular belief that it is possible to accurately assess personality from faces. However, this accuracy is somewhat limited.
DOI Link: 10.1348/000712606X109648
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Little, A. C. and Perrett, D. I. (2007), Using composite images to assess accuracy in personality attribution to faces. British Journal of Psychology, 98: 111-126, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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