Accuracy of Inferring Self- and Other-Preferences from Spontaneous Facial Expressions

Michael S. North, Alexander Todorov, Daniel N. Osherson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


Participants' faces were covertly recorded while they rated the attractiveness of people, the decorative appeal of paintings, and the cuteness of animals. Ratings employed a continuous scale. The same participants then returned and tried to guess ratings from 3-s videotapes of themselves and other targets. Performance was above chance in all three stimulus categories, thereby replicating the results of an earlier study (North et al. in J Exp Soc Psychol 46(6):1109-1113, 2010) but this time using a more sensitive rating procedure. Across conditions, accuracy in reading one's own face was not reliably better than other-accuracy. We discuss our findings in the context of "simulation" theories of face-based emotion recognition (Goldman in The philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of mindreading. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006) and the larger body of accuracy research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


  • Accuracy
  • Face perception
  • Facial expressions
  • Self-accuracy
  • Social cognition


Dive into the research topics of 'Accuracy of Inferring Self- and Other-Preferences from Spontaneous Facial Expressions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this