CONSISTENCY OF THE RELATION BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL FACIAL CUES AND THE PERCEIVED SUGGESTIBILITY AND TRUSTWORTHINESS ACROSS VARYING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS; pp. 105–119Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2014.2.01
Visual characteristics of faces used in making appearance-based trait inferences include physical morphological cues and cues of emotional expression. It is not clear whether perception of personality from individual facial morphology remains consistent despite the expressive variability. Here, pictures of happy, neutral and “serious” faces of the same individuals were evaluated for selected personality traits. A significant correlation between evaluations of faces perceived as more baby-faced, feminine or benevolent, and evaluations of perceived suggestibility and trustworthiness remained consistent when measured as responses to faces with different expressions. Thus, expression-invariant perceived personality cues of suggestibility are present in the human face similarly to what has been known about the cues of trustworthiness.
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