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Poster Presentations - Guzman Lecture Hall

Presentation or Panel Title

The Effect of Non-Verbal Cues on First Impressions

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #4

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 2:30 PM

Department

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

William Phillips

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

While making first impressions, personality judgments oftentimes are made based on how that person looks. This leads people to make their initial perceptions of other peoples personality characteristics on the non-verbal cues presented. Physical appearance has a huge impact on how a person perceives others. Some research has found that when it comes to posture and facial expression people are accurate in determining different characteristics (Gosling, Rentfrow, Naumann & Vazire, 2009). The purpose of the present study is to further investigate whether body posture has an impact on the perception of a model’s personality traits. Participants (n=50) from Dominican University and different social networks will be sent an email that contains an image of a model (either a man or a women) sitting straight or slouched. Participants then rate the images using the Mini-IPIP (Baird, Donnellan, Oswald & Lucas, 2006). The Mini-IPIP is 20 questions that measure the big-five personality traits. There will also be questions about whether or not the model in the image would be a good candidate for a job, as well as common demographics. This study furthers current research about the impact of non-verbal cues on a person’s first impression of others. Specifically how body posture affects that perception. It is hypothesized that 1) Those who sit upright and straight will have more positive traits associated with them, 2) Those who hunch or slouch will have more negative traits associated with them, and 3) Men that slouch will be rated with more negative traits than women that slouch. The data collection for this study will take place in February and March of 2015.

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The Effect of Non-Verbal Cues on First Impressions

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #4

While making first impressions, personality judgments oftentimes are made based on how that person looks. This leads people to make their initial perceptions of other peoples personality characteristics on the non-verbal cues presented. Physical appearance has a huge impact on how a person perceives others. Some research has found that when it comes to posture and facial expression people are accurate in determining different characteristics (Gosling, Rentfrow, Naumann & Vazire, 2009). The purpose of the present study is to further investigate whether body posture has an impact on the perception of a model’s personality traits. Participants (n=50) from Dominican University and different social networks will be sent an email that contains an image of a model (either a man or a women) sitting straight or slouched. Participants then rate the images using the Mini-IPIP (Baird, Donnellan, Oswald & Lucas, 2006). The Mini-IPIP is 20 questions that measure the big-five personality traits. There will also be questions about whether or not the model in the image would be a good candidate for a job, as well as common demographics. This study furthers current research about the impact of non-verbal cues on a person’s first impression of others. Specifically how body posture affects that perception. It is hypothesized that 1) Those who sit upright and straight will have more positive traits associated with them, 2) Those who hunch or slouch will have more negative traits associated with them, and 3) Men that slouch will be rated with more negative traits than women that slouch. The data collection for this study will take place in February and March of 2015.