Women are “easy to read”


By Cara Sulieman


YOU WOULDN’T think it listening to the country’s men, but women are easier to read than men.

Research by New Scientist magazine revealed that women’s faces give away more about their personalities than men’s do.

And this will come as a shock to the legions of men who say that they don’t understand women.

Dr Rob Jenkins from the University of Glasgow was involved in the study, and was also surprised by the results.

He said: “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.

“But we were very surprised by these findings. We did not expect there to be such a difference between the sexes.”

The research involved readers of the magazine sending in a picture of themselves and filling in a personality test to say how religious, trustworthy, humorous and lucky they are.

Researchers then blended the faces together to come up with a range of extreme expressions.

To establish how people would view the faces, they were placed on a website and more than 6500 people tried to identify which ones were lucky, religious, trustworthy and humorous.

It was the female faces that revealed the most about their personality – with a whopping 70 per cent of people correctly indetifying the lucky female face.

A further 73 per cent pinned down the religious one, and 54 per cent spotted the trustworthy female.

Only the funny female failed to be identified.

But none of the male faces were pinned down.

Dr Jenkins explained: “The results for the male composites were very different. Here respondents failed to identify any of the composites correctly.

“Overall the data is fascinating. It’s possible that there is some correlation between appearance and personality because both are influenced by our genetic make-up.”

Although just a pilot project, it is hoped that it will pave the way for more research into the links between a person’s character and their appearance.


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