Women’s faces easier to read than men’s

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  • Women’s faces easier to read than men's say scientists…

    A woman’s personality can be identified just by looking at her face, claims a new study.
    Women’s faces are also much easier to read than men’s, says the report by Glasgow University and New Scientist magazine. Glasgow University’s Dr Rob Jenkins said: ‘We did not expect there to be such a difference between the sexes.’

    For the study of more than 1,000 New Scientist readers, participants were asked to submit a photograph of themselves looking directly at the camera and to complete an online personality questionnaire – rating how lucky, humourous, religious and trustworthy they believed themselves to be.

    From the personality self-assessment, the experts paired up composites from the extreme ends of each characteristic and posted them online. Results from the 6,500 visitors to the site showed that women’s faces were more transparent and gave more away than men’s faces.

    A total of 70% of people were able to correctly identify the lucky female face, 73% the religious female face and 54% the trustworthy female face. The ones from the women who assessed themselves as humorous was not identified correctly. However, none of the male composites was correctly identified.

    ‘Overall the data is fascinating,’ Dr Jenkins said. ‘It shows that people readily associate facial appearance with certain personality traits and it’s possible that there is some correlation between appearance and personality because both are influenced by our genetic make-up.’ 

    So next time you make a snap judgement about someone’s personality you might just be right…


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