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Title: What’s in a Face?: The Effect of Partial Facial Occlusion on Judgments of Political Competence
Authors: Economy, Evelyn
Advisors: Todorov, Alex
Contributors: Coman, Alin
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: This paper reports on a study that examines the relationship between participants’ facial-traitbased judgments of competence for politicians and the real election outcomes for the corresponding political races using facial occlusion techniques. It discusses pre-existing literature on face-based trait judgments. It examines whether there are discrepancies in trends between gubernatorial and Senate races and House races. It also examines the extent to which different parts of a candidate headshot motivate competence judgments, including the relationships between masks that reveal some facial information and masks that reveal all possible facial information, and the extent to which non-facial information affects judgments of competence. It concludes with a review of possible sources of error and opportunities for future research.
Extent: 58 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2017

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