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Can you judge a book by its cover? Evidence of self-stranger agreement on personality at zero acquaintance

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Shevlin, Mark, Walker, S, Davies, MNO, Banyard, P and Lewis, CA (2003) Can you judge a book by its cover? Evidence of self-stranger agreement on personality at zero acquaintance. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, 35 (6). pp. 1373-1383. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Two studies were conducted to examine the accuracy of personality assessment at zero acquaintance. In Study 1, participants were asked to rate head and shoulder colour photographs of strangers in terms of the extraversion, neuroticism and psychoticism dimensions. The stranger ratings were correlated with the targets' self-report ratings on these dimensions using the EPQ-R. Significant self-stranger agreement was found for psychoticism but not for extraversion or neuroticism. Study 2 used the same general design, but the amount of visual information in head and shoulder colour photographs was manipulated and presented to strangers. In condition 1 head and shoulder colour photographs with profiles were used, in condition 2 head and shoulder colour photographs with profiles removed were used, and in condition 3 the images were cropped so that only the internal features of the face were visible. In all three conditions significant self-stranger agreement was found for psychoticism but not for extraversion or neuroticism as measured by the EPP. These consistent cross-study findings were discussed and further research suggested. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:2024
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 15:01
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 16:44

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