Does Face Shape Affect Ones' Perception of Kindness?

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Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Grade Level: 7th - 10th; Type: Behavioral Science


We are going to find out whether face shape affect ones' perception of kindness.

Research Questions:

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

Experimental Procedure

  1. Take your front-view face photo open it up in Photoshop.
  2. Under the “Filter” tab on top go to “Liquefy” in the drop-down menu.
  3. 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.
  4. Print the series of photos out.
  5. Repeat the above for all your front-view face photos.
  6. Ask your test subjects which photo is the series of alterations they think looks the “kindest”. Jot this down.
  7. In the end, count up which face shape got the most votes for kindness and which the least.

Terms/Concepts:· Perception;Face shape


Sofia PC is currently a college student with a deep interest in science who is aspiring to become a writer. She writes about all sorts of things across all subjects including, but not limited to; science, crafts, and fashion. She hopes to become a good writer so she can share her thoughts and experiences with the world and future generations.

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