The role of facial regions in evaluating social dimensions

David Masip Rodo, Alexander Todorov, Jordi Vitrià Marca

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Facial trait judgments are an important information cue for people. Recent works in the Psychology field have stated the basis of face evaluation, defining a set of traits that we evaluate from faces (e.g. dominance, trustworthiness, aggressiveness, attractiveness, threatening or intelligence among others). We rapidly infer information from others faces, usually after a short period of time (< 1000ms) we perceive a certain degree of dominance or trustworthiness of another person from the face. Although these perceptions are not necessarily accurate, they influence many important social outcomes (such as the results of the elections or the court decisions). This topic has also attracted the attention of Computer Vision scientists, and recently a computational model to automatically predict trait evaluations from faces has been proposed. These systems try to mimic the human perception by means of applying machine learning classifiers to a set of labeled data. In this paper we perform an experimental study on the specific facial features that trigger the social inferences. Using previous results from the literature, we propose to use simple similarity maps to evaluate which regions of the face influence the most the trait inferences. The correlation analysis is performed using only appearance, and the results from the experiments suggest that each trait is correlated with specific facial characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2012 - Workshops and Demonstrations, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)9783642338670
StatePublished - 2012
EventComputer Vision, ECCV 2012 - Workshops and Demonstrations, Proceedings - Florence, Italy
Duration: Oct 7 2012Oct 13 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume7584 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceComputer Vision, ECCV 2012 - Workshops and Demonstrations, Proceedings

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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