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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

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Observer’s Vision of a personality of a Human, who is Depicted on an Artistic Portrait or a Photograph 236

Barabanschikov V.A., Doctor of Psychology, Director of the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education , Moscow, Russia,
Lupenko E.A., PhD in Psychology, Research Associate, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Shunto A.S., PhD student, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia,
Different observers’ visions of the personality of one and the same human, depicted on an artistic portrait or a photograph, where investigated experimentally. The observers’ estimations obtained by a well known method of “Personality Difference”, were used as the analytic tool. The collected data witness, that different methods of presentation lead to different vision of one and the same personality. A considerable individual variability of significantly different scale estimations’ body and quantity depending on the estimated person was discovered. According to the factor analyses, the persons on photographs are generally perceived as being more active (sociable) then on portraits. The dependence between observers’ self-esteems and their estimations of personages’ individual psychological characteristics regardless to presentation method was also discovered.

Keywords: method of “Personality Difference”, artistic portrait, photo image of a face, perception of individual psychological characteristics of a face

Column: Face science



The study was supported by Ministry of Education and Science GK 25.3916.2017/4.6.

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