Paralinguistic Personality


A study examined whether people would interpret and respond to paralinguistic personality cues in computer-generated speech in the same way as they do human speech (Nass & Lee, 2000).

Participants were asked to used a book-buying website, where they would hear five electronic and over the net book reviews. Participants correctly recognized personality cues and showed sturdy similarity-attraction effects. The content was the same for all subjects, and when the personality of the computer voice matched their own personality, the subjects would regard the computer voice as more attractive, resourceful and credible. Even the book review was evaluated more optimistically and the reviewer was noted as “more attractive and credible” and participants were “more likely to buy the book”. In conclusion personality tests and personality in general can be benefitted from in many different ways.

Nass, C., & Lee, K. M. (2000). Does computer-generated speech manifest personality? an experimental test of similarity-attraction. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.



Are You The Owner Of A Magnetic Personality?

According to a magazine article a magnetic personality is “when certain individuals enter a meeting or join a party in progress, and seem to exude a palpable sense of self-confidence and positive energy”, whilst other members of the same ‘group’ may act differently and have the opposite temperament. People may be instinctively drawn to such a ‘magnetic personality’ hence the word magnetic. According to the article, “a person blessed, or in some cases cursed, with a magnetic personality may not be the most physically attractive or best dressed in the room, but his or her personality and natural charisma makes him or her more compelling to be around”. These people attract attention and their personality makes them very popular indeed. A ‘Magnetic Personality’ is also said to be more accepted and liked than a ‘Nervous Temperament’.

Fleming, E. G. (1927). Personality as revealed by the galvanometer. The American Journal of Psychology.

Cyberpsychology And Personality…Hmm…All About Social Networking

Cyber Psychology: the developing field of cyber psychology is basically all psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by emerging technology.

An article from ‘Social Times’ (Glenn, D. 2012) explains how profile pictures from social networks can seem more attractive to others, especially those that show your personality.

“Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that people are more influenced by your friends’ opinions of your looks”. About 100 college students took part in the study. They observed different social network profile pictures of the same person. They found that photos with “social cues”, which are photos that show the subject’s personality, are more appealing than motionless headshots. Photos with positive comments from the individual’s friends or family were also found as more appealing, whereas images with negative feedback were viewed as less attractive. “While it’s hard to believe that someone would trust a hateful comment over their own eyes, it’s refreshing to learn that physical beauty isn’t everything. Showing that you have interests, friends, and a unique personality can make you seem more attractive to others”.

Next time you are on a social network, keep this in mind.

Glenn, D. (2012) ‘Study: People Find You More Attractive When There Are Positive Comments on Your Profile Picture’. Social Times, 3(2),23-25.

Body Language Tied To Personality

~How to detect a deceitful individual~

I was lucky enough to read a very convincing article about a study made about body language and personality traits. The article addressed the influence of two personality traits on making hand movements during deception, namely public self-consciousness and the ability to control behavior.

It was hypothesized that especially individuals with high public self-consciousness and individuals who are skilled in controlling their behavior would make fewer hand movements during deception compared to truth-telling (Akehurst, et al. 1997).

A total of 56 participants were interviewed twice. In one interview they told the truth and in the other interview they lied. Before each interview the participants completed a personality inventory to measure their levels of public self-consciousness and ability to control their behavior.

The results supported the hypotheses, people who have high public self consciousness can control their behavior and therefore their body language also.

Previous research conducted on this topic explains that individuals who are dishonest move less than those who are truthful, simply because deceitful people subconsciously do not want others to ‘read’ their body language.

Very interesting, next time you tell a lie, pay attention to your own body language if you can…do you move more than usual or quite the opposite…don’t dare to move at all?

Vrij, A., Akehurst, L., & Morris, P. (1997). Individual differences in hand movements during deception. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 21(2), 87-102.

Do Opposites Attract?

Can an opposing personality issue make things easier in the workplace?

An article about opposite personalities and the attraction between them, states that “unlike the majority of research hypothesizing that similarity between individuals results in positive individual outcomes, this article examines whether dissimilarity results in positive outcomes”.

On the basis of interpersonal interaction theory, the authors of the article hypothesized that contrast in the personality dimension of control within supervisor-subordinate dyads (the relationship between boss and employee in the workplace) is positively associated with the subordinate’s (employee’s) liking of the supervisor (boss or superior).

In addition, an interpersonal relationship is an association between two or more people that may range from fleeting to enduring. This association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment (in this case it was all about interactions in the workplace).

Results were obtained with polynomial regression techniques and were supportive of the hypothesis, that opposite personalities do have an attractive demeanour.

Interesting, next time you are looking for a job, make sure your boss has an opposing personality to your own.

Glomb, T. M., & Welsh, E. T. (2005). Can opposites attract? Personality heterogeneity in supervisor-subordinate dyads as a predictor of subordinate outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90(4), 749.

Is Your Personality Difficult To Define?

~Does Your Personality Make You More Attractive?~

Personality: the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character and qualities that make someone interesting or popular.

Are we really judgmental?

~Your body language can be the portal to your personality~

Following another person’s gaze is essential in fluent social interactions. The reflexive nature of this gaze-cuing effect means that gaze can be used for many things, even to deceive someone.

Research was done to demonstrate the important interactions among attention, gaze perception, facial identity recognition, and personality judgments. Participants were presented with several faces that looked to the left or right. Some faces always looked to a target (predictive-valid), some never looked at a target (predictive-invalid), and others looked toward and away from the target in equal proportions (nonpredictive), (Bayliss, A. 2006).

The results showed that participants chose faces that would gaze directly towards a target since they appeared more trustworthy. Strangely enough, the faces that did not gaze fully at a target were encoded more strongly in most of the participant’s memory.

The results demonstrated the important interactions among gaze perception and personality judgments between individuals.

Next time you look into someone else’s eyes…pay attention to their behaviour, but don’t be too quick to judge their personality.

Bayliss, A. P., & Tipper, S. P. (2006). Predictive Gaze Cues and Personality Judgments Should Eye Trust You? Psychological Science, 17(6), 514-520.

Are You Interested In The Science Behind Attraction And Personality? Or Just Wondering Why You Fell In Love With That Special Person?

~Find Out Here~

Attraction: the action or power of evoking interest, pleasure, or liking for someone or something.

A quality or feature of something or someone that evokes interest, liking, or desire.

Personality: the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.

Now that we know what attraction and personality means, let’s take part in a journey that will explain all the confusion, and perhaps will answer many of your questions.