What we know about people shapes the inferences we make about their personalities

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Author list: Gordillo León F
Publisher: University of Iowa
Publication year: 2015
Journal: Current Research in Social Psychology (10887423)
Volume number: 23
Issue number: 5
Start page: 38
End page: 45
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 10887423
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The ability to form impressions allows making inferences about others
based on minimal, swift and automatic interactions. The verbal context
(what we Know about people) could play an important role in this
process. An experiment was conducted involving 95 individuals who were
asked to make inferences on the personality and emotionality perceived
in a mixed facial expression. Five positive words and five negative ones
were used to establish the levels of the variable referred to as verbal
context (negative and positive). The results revealed the person was
attributed greater sociability when an individual had positive
information on the person producing the facial expression. What we know
about other people has a modulating effect on some aspect of the
personality perceived through a facial expression, with a clearly
adaptive value in the prediction of their behaviour.


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