Does Face Shape Affect Ones' Perception of Kindness?
Grade Level: 7th - 10th; Type: Behavioral Science
We are going to find out whether face shape affect ones' perception of kindness.
Have you ever heard someone say that they think a person “looks kind”? So how can you look nice or kind? Could it be in the features or perhaps the structure of the face? There are six basic face shapes: oval, round, rectangle, square, heart, and triangle.
- Front-view photos of people's faces
- Adobe Photoshop or any other “morphing software”
- Face shape guide such as this website.
- Test subjects (the more the better)
- Computer and Printer
- Pen and paper for notes
- Take your front-view face photo open it up in Photoshop.
- Under the “Filter” tab on top go to “Liquefy” in the drop-down menu.
- Play around with the forward warp tool and change the face shape of the person in the photo to the different variations of round, oval, square, triangle, heart, and rectangle. Refer to the face shape guide. Do not change the features or anything else on the face.
- Print the series of photos out.
- Repeat the above for all your front-view face photos.
- Ask your test subjects which photo is the series of alterations they think looks the “kindest”. Jot this down.
- In the end, count up which face shape got the most votes for kindness and which the least.
Terms/Concepts:· Perception;Face shape
- Visual Makeover: Face
- Beauty and the Bath: Face Shape
- James J. Gibson. The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1987. ISBN 0-89859-959-8
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