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Appearances matter

Researchers seek participants in a study into how we perceive faces

Freiburg, May 19, 2017

Appearances matter

Source: Appearance Survey/Universität Freiburg

What shape of eye is inviting? Does a largish nose make a face more attractive - or less so? And what conclusions do we jump to about a person's abilities on the basis of his or her appearance? A team of researchers from the University of Freiburg is looking for people interested in taking part in an online survey on the perception of faces.

Participants are invited to compare two randomly selected portrait photos. They must decide within seconds which one they find more attractive, likeable, and competent. The participants will be shown 30 pairs of photographs. After they have assessed them, participants fill out a short questionnaire. This is open to anyone who would like to take part; you can do so from May 19 - 28.

The online survey is anonymous and takes about five minutes. Participants are then eligible to win one of ten gift certificates for an online shopping platform. The certificates are valued at 20 euros each. The project is run in cooperation between the University of Freiburg and the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, the TU Kaiserslautern, and the Australian National University.

To take part in the survey and maybe win a gift certificate, go to: