Perception Context as a Factor in the Subjective Complexity of Interpersonal Assessment



The paper presents a study of the dependence of indicators of subjective complexity of interpersonal assessment in different conditions of interpersonal perception in the absence and presence of context. In the first case, the subjects were shown only photographs of the faces of the sitters, in the second, the faces of the sitters were placed in a situation of interaction between two individuals. It is shown that the presence of a context is associated with an increase in the subjective complexity of assessing the individual psychological characteristics of a person by facial expression. At the same time, the interaction of the factor “context” with such variables as the “race” of the sitters and the level of subjective control of the subjects is shown, the latter, however, being not a decisive determinant of the subjective complexity of perception of other person.

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Keywords: interpersonal assessment, person perception, face perception, context of perception, subjective complexity, locus of control, frustration.

Journal rubric: Face Science

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project No. 20-18-00516, “Ontological foundations of interpersonal perception”.

For citation: Ananyeva K.I., Demidov A.A. Perception Context as a Factor in the Subjective Complexity of Interpersonal Assessment. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2021. Vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 113–123. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2021140208.


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Kristina I. Ananyeva, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences,, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexander A. Demidov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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