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PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Doctor of Psychology, Director of the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education , Moscow, Russia
PhD in Psychology, Research associate, Laboratory of Psychological Systems Studies, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences; Research associate, Institute for Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia
We studied the formation of representations of children faces observed by adult subjects. Adult participants (aged between 18 and 22) evaluate tenseness and activity of the children aged from 3 to 6 years. We tested the hypothesis of interaction between the perceived individual psychological characteristics of a person and the features of his face. It was discovered that a child’s activity estimate is connected to his/her facial angle between eye pupils and the upper lip. Children with a smaller middle part of the face and smaller distance between eyes are assessed as being more tense that the rest of the sample group. Tense expressions on children’s faces are associated with some faint traces of fear and anger.
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