Home  |  Top News  |  Most Popular  |  Video  |  Multimedia  |  News Feeds  |  Feedback
  Medicine  |  Nature & Earth  |  Biology  |  Technology & Engineering  |  Space & Planetary  |  Psychology  |  Physics & Chemistry  |  Economics  |  Archaeology
Top > Psychology > People Know When First Impressions… >

People Know When First Impressions Are Accurate

Published: April 15, 2011.
Released by SAGE Publications  

First impressions are important, and they usually contain a healthy dose both of accuracy and misperception. But do people know when their first impressions are correct? They do reasonably well, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE).

Researchers had two separate groups of more than100 people meet in a "getting-acquainted" session much like speed-dating, until the people had spoken with everyone else in the group for three minutes each. At the end of each 3-minute chat, they rated each other's personalities, and rated how well they thought their impressions "would agree with someone who knows this person very well." To establish what the person was "really" like, the researchers had people fill out their own personality reports, which were bolstered with personality ratings that came either from friends or parents.

There is a large body of research that shows impressions can be accurate with short interactions, and the participants did a reasonably good job of seeing each other's personality. And the more accurate they felt, the closer their ratings to the friends' and parents' ratings (although this correlation was not perfect). The participants also found the highest accuracy from people who rated themselves moderately accurate—when people were highly confident of their judgment, accuracy was not greater than for moderate levels of confidence.

The research team, led by Jeremy Biesanz of the University of British Columbia, noted that there are two ways to be right about people's personality. We can know how people are different from each other, but a good judge of persons knows that people are mostly alike—for example, almost everyone would prefer being friendly to being quarrelsome. The more people rated their partner's personality in a way typical of most everyone, the more accurate they felt their perception was. And because most people are like most people, they were indeed being accurate.

"Many important decisions are made after very brief encounters—which job candidate to hire, which person to date, which student to accept," write the authors. "Although our first impressions are generally accurate, it is it critical for us to recognize when they may be lacking.




The above story is based on materials provided by SAGE Publications.

Translate this page: Chinese French German Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian Spanish


comments powered by Disqus


Related »

People 
2/14/14 
Even Fact Will Not Change First Impressions
February 14, 2014 - Knowledge is power, yet new research suggests that a person's appearance alone can trump knowledge. …
Made 
3/10/10 
★★★ 

Confidence Is Key to Gauging Impressions We Make
People 
10/21/14 
Impressions Shaped by Facial Appearance Foster Biased Decisions
Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual's personality. For instance, people …
Todorov 
6/2/14 
Same Face, Many First Impressions
Slight variations in how an individual face is viewed can lead people to develop significantly different first impressions of …
Participants 
4/3/12 
Being Ignored Online Or in Person, It's Still Exclusion
People who are excluded by others online, such as on Facebook, may feel just as bad as if they …
Smith 
5/28/13 
★★★ 

For Pundits, It's Better to Be Confident Than Correct
Make 
8/12/10 
Trusting People Make Better Lie Detectors
Los Angeles, CA (August 12, 2010) Trusting others may not make you a fool or a Pollyanna, according to …
Sports 
5/13/13 
When Deciding How to Bet, Less Detailed Information May Be Better
People are worse at predicting whether a sports team will win, lose, or tie when they bet on the …
More » 
 
© Newsline Group  |  About  |  Privacy Policy  |  Feedback  |  Mobile