Perceived Facial Attributes and Personality Traits

Proceedings of The 14th International Conference on Humanities, Psychology and Social Sciences

Year: 2022



Perceived Facial Attributes and Personality Traits

Sabornee Karmakar Basu & Dr. Garga Chatterjee



Face perception plays a crucial role in social interaction. The sociological aspect of face perception is related to the availability of information from non-identity specific facial cues like facial hair (beard) or skin color. The present study aimed to investigate the role of non-identity specific cues like facial hair e.g. beard and skin tone variations on assessment of facial attractiveness along with understanding the personality traits of the individuals assessing the faces. A sample of (N = 299 ; Age  = 21.9 ± 1.65 years) students pursuing college education were administered the stimulus set comprising of bearded/non-bearded  and lighter/ darker skin pigmentation facial images obtained and developed from a sample of 45 individuals. The participants were asked to rate the images on 7-point scale. Participants also filled up personality questionnaires of 16PF and NEO-FFI. Overall, preference for bearded images over non-bearded facial images and lighter skin pigmentation over darker skin pigmentation is indicated. Facets of Big 5 Personality theory were found to have a significant association with certain factors of 16PF. The results were further analyzed to assess if personality traits of the raters were responsible behind choosing a particular face as attractive. Findings will have implications in domains of mate selection, interpersonal relationships and recognition of faces.

keywords: beardedness, facial attractiveness, face perception, skin tone variations. Big-five personality traits.