Forming first impressions : the role of gender and normative accuracy in personality perception

Meanne CHAN*, Katherine H. ROGERS, Kate L. PARISOTTO, Jeremy C. BIESANZ*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gender is associated with interpersonal sensitivity across different domains, with females, on average, demonstrating higher levels of interpersonal sensitivity than males. What underlies these gender differences in the accuracy of first impressions of personality remains unclear. Across two large video studies and a large round-robin design, perceivers' gender was related to the accuracy of general personality trait impressions. Specifically, female perceivers achieved higher levels of accuracy, but only with respect to normative accuracy or perceiving what others are like in general. There were no significant gender differences in terms of distinctive accuracy or perceiving how others are different from the average person. Discussion considers how these findings relate to previously established gender differences in other domains of interpersonal sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number1
Early online date5 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This research was partially supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grants SSHRC 410-2005-2287 and 410-2008-2643 to Jeremy C. Biesanz.


  • Accuracy
  • Gender
  • Impression formation
  • Person perception


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