Assessment of Individual Psychological Characteristics and Level of Trust Using a Photograph of a Stranger’s Face Before and After Direct Perceptual Interaction

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Abstract

The article presents the results of a study of the influence of direct perceptual interaction on the assessment of the individual psychological characteristics of a stranger and the level of trust/distrust in him. The problem of the influence of direct perceptual interaction in conditions of interpersonal perception still remains relevant and requires thorough experimental study. The main assumption of the work is that ideas about a stranger, including a complex dialectical interaction of trust/distrust, will differ significantly before and after direct perceptual interaction. The assessment of individual psychological characteristics was carried out using the “Personal Differential” technique, trust/distrust using the “Perceptive Trust Assessment Test”. The results show that the experience of brief nonverbal face-to-face interaction reduces the number of significant differences in the ratings of naive observers with the ratings of experts. Regardless of the facial morphotype, after the experience of interaction, all sitters are perceived by observers with a bias towards socially desirable individual psychological characteristics, with the exception of the only characteristic (stubborn) in the assessments of the round morphotype. The experience of non-verbal face-to-face interaction has a significant impact on the formation of a more trusting attitude towards a stranger in an outside observer, in contrast to the level of trust formed from a photograph.

General Information

Keywords: assessment of individual personal characteristics based on a photograph of a face, facial morphotypes, assessment of the level of trust, non-verbal perceptual interaction

Journal rubric: Psychology of Perception

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/exppsy.2024170103

Received: 10.11.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Strizhova I.V., Khoze E.G., Ageeva A.S. Assessment of Individual Psychological Characteristics and Level of Trust Using a Photograph of a Stranger’s Face Before and After Direct Perceptual Interaction. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2024. Vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 44–60. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2024170103. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Irina V. Strizhova, PhD in Education, Associate Professor Chair of General Psychology, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2106-3900, e-mail: irinaswift1112@mail.ru

Evgeny G. Khoze, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Head of the Laboratory of Experimental and Practical Psychology,Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology,Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9355-1693, e-mail: house.yu@gmail.com

Anastasia S. Ageeva, 2nd year Master Student at the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of psychology and education (MSUPE), Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-2073-5252, e-mail: ageevans371@gmail.com

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