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Attribution of Personality Based on Attractiveness
The Research and Scholarship Symposium
  • Nichole Reaver, Cedarville University
  • Chi-en Hwang, Cedarville University
Type of Submission
  • Personality,
  • attractiveness
Campus Venue
Dixon Ministry Center, Alumni Hall
Cedarville, OH
Start Date
4-10-2013 1:00 PM
End Date
4-10-2013 5:00 PM


This study attempted to explore the relationship between physical attractiveness and personality attribution. One hundred and eighty undergraduate students attributed personality traits (focusing on extroversion) to two attractive and two unattractive female photographs, and they were also asked to rate themselves on the Big Five Inventory. We hypothesized that extroversion is related to attractiveness and people would attribute characteristics similar to their own to attractive photographs. Results confirmed our hypothesis that attractive photographs received higher ratings on extroversion, and there was a positive correlation between self-reported extroversion score and extroversion score assigned to attractive people.

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
Citation Information
Nichole Reaver and Chi-en Hwang. "Attribution of Personality Based on Attractiveness" (2013)
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