Wolffhechel, Karin Marie Brandt5; Fagertun, Jens6; Jacobsen, Ulrik Plesner7; Majewski, Wiktor8; Hemmingsen, Astrid Sofie1; Larsen, Catrine Lohmann9; Lorentzen, Sofie Katrine9; Jarmer, Hanne Østergaard3
1 Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark2 Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark3 Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark4 Image Analysis & Computer Graphics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark5 IT Service, Administration, Technical University of Denmark6 Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark7 Department of Bio and Health Informatics, Technical University of Denmark8 Technical University of Denmark9 Office for HR, Administration, Technical University of Denmark
Appearance is known to influence social interactions, which in turn could potentially influence personality development. In this study we focus on discovering the relationship between self-reported personality traits, first impressions and facial characteristics. The results reveal that several personality traits can be read above chance from a face, and that facial features influence first impressions. Despite the former, our prediction model fails to reliably infer personality traits from either facial features or first impressions. First impressions, however, could be inferred more reliably from facial features. We have generated artificial, extreme faces visualising the characteristics having an effect on first impressions for several traits. Conclusively, we find a relationship between first impressions, some personality traits and facial features and consolidate that people on average assess a given face in a highly similar manner.