Dr. Avnish Jolly, 17th February, 2009, Women Faces Were More Accurately Read on Average than Men. Study which was conducted for the purpose of determining if personality is linked to facial appearance, states that a woman’s face is easier to read as compared to a man’s according to Scientists from the University of Glasgow. The research studied self-assessed personality characteristics.
Take for example you were on your first date with fiancée in the last Valentine’s Day. Both of you talked for a couple of hours at a coffee shop and the meeting ended in a happy tone. But you are facing a problem. You have not been able to recognize her true traits yet but it is highly important in a married life. What will you do now? Well, you made a terrible mistake. You should have read her face attentively since women’s personality traits are written all over their faces. Well, this is not my consideration. This has been claimed by a new study completed in the recent days. According to study, simply by looking at females’ faces one can tell if they’re lucky, religious or trustworthy.
The said study was conducted by Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, and Rob Jenkins, and it states, anyone can say much of a woman through studying her face carefully. You can also do the same and can state whether the person is religious, trustworthy or a slovenly woman. The information is good indeed for husbands who think that they are being cheated.
Dr Rob Jenkins said that we did not expect there to be such a difference between the sexes and new Scientists were asked to send in a front-on shot of their faces and to complete an online questionnaire.More than 6,500 visitors to the New Scientist web site and tried to identify traits. 70% and 73% of people identified lucky people and religious people respectively. Women were more accurately read on average than men. And although the score for identifying trustworthiness was lower, at 54 per cent, the researchers described it as "statistically significant". Research has found that women’s faces are easier to read than men.
What’s about men then? Well, men are quite complicated, as indicated by the same study, and for that reason, any attempt to read their face may be futile. But never try to disregard the findings since the duo reached the conclusion after lots of painstaking researches. The researchers, as has been found, made a request to 1,000 people to send photographs of themselves and fill in a detailed feedback form about their personality and beliefs.
The study and its result are indeed stunning. Never forget to read fiancée’s face at the next time.
The research team isolated those who described themselves as strongly in one camp or another on four key aspects of their character and conflated the photographs into composite faces. However, men`s faces do not reveal as much of their true character, the findings of the study, the study suggest.
Mr Jenkins explained that the preliminary results should lead to further research into whether a person’s appearance and character are linked. He said in a statement: "Past studies have shown that people do associate facial appearance with certain personality traits and that our snap judgements of faces really do suggest a kernel of truth about the personality of their owner.
The experts then picked groups of men and women at the extremes of the four personalities.
It could be that male participants were less insightful or less honest when rating their personalities, or perhaps the women were more thoughtful when selecting the photographs they submitted. But overall the data is fascinating. It pushes the envelope in that we are looking at subtle aspects of psychological make-up. It also shows that people readily associate facial appearance with certain personality traits. How accurate these associations are is an interesting question. It’s possible that there is some correlation between appearance and personality because both are influenced by our genetic make-up.
However, another reason was also given in order to explain these findings. The possibility was considered that perhaps women were more honest and thoughtful while submitting the required photograph to the investigators, as compared to men. Irrespective of this, the overall findings also revealed how people presume the personality of an individual by merely looking at their facial appearance. The investigators hope that these findings could form the base for future studies to be conducted on the relation between personality and facial appearance.
Their findings are published in the New Scientist magazine.