Seeing the darkness: identifying the Dark Triad from emotionally neutral faces

Danielle Haroun, Yaarit Amram, Joseph Glicksohn

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Recent studies have established the degree of agreement for the detection of personality traits using composite images derived from individuals scoring ‘high’ or ‘low’ on these traits. The present study requested to re-examine these findings by presenting all possible combinations deriving from a Dark Trait (Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, and Narcissism) × Trait Level (‘low’, ‘high’) factorial design, for images of female and male faces taken from the Personality Faceaurus. The female participants exhibited markedly lower success in detecting Narcissism, particularly for male faces, and better success in detecting both Machiavellianism and Psychopathy. For the male participants, one notes the relatively lower success at detecting Psychopathy for female faces, and the relatively lower success at detecting Narcissism for male faces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6699-6712
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number8
Early online dateJun 2023
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2023

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  • Faceaurus
  • Morphometrics, kernel-of-truth
  • SD3
  • The Dark Triad


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