Face values

David Perrett, Fhionna Moore

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    WE shouldn't judge a book by its cover, we are told. Yet we judge people by their appearance all the time, often making decisions about them even before we speak to them. Is this sensible? Obviously someone's face can tell us his or her sex and rough age, but can it tell us about mood, health or personality? And why do we find certain faces more attractive than others?

    My colleagues and I have been trying to answer these questions using computer graphics to create composite faces derived from people who share a particular personality trait. We extract the shapes, colours and textures common to the faces of, say, extroverts, and then amplify or diminish them, and ask people to rate the altered images for attractiveness. We have found that someone's face can send out a wealth of signals about what they are like. We have also found a remarkable ...
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S8-S8
    Number of pages1
    JournalNew Scientist
    Issue number2467
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2004


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