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Individual differences in personality and face identification

Megreya, Ahmed M., Bindemann, Markus (2013) Individual differences in personality and face identification. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 25 (1). pp. 30-37. ISSN 2044-5911. (doi:10.1080/20445911.2012.739153) (KAR id:32038)


Unfamiliar face identification is characterised by substantial variation between individual observers, but the cause of this variation is largely unknown. This study investigated whether individual differences in face identification are linked to an observer’s personality, by combining performance on an established face-matching test with two in-depth personality assessments (the 16PF5 and the NEO-PI-R). The face test revealed a broad distribution in identification ability, but associations between face perception and personality were found only in female observers. In this group, correct face identifications related to low anxiety, low tension, and high emotional stability. These results suggest that associations between personality and face perception are limited, and are confined to anxiety and facets of neuroticism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/20445911.2012.739153
Uncontrolled keywords: EMTREE medical terms: adult; anxiety; article; emotional stability; face identification; female; human; male; personality; priority journal; psychologic assessment; psychological aspect; tension
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 10:47 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 02:23 UTC
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