AI Can Better Infer People’s Personality From Selfies Than Human Raters, Reveals Study

Russian researchers have revealed that artificial intelligence (AI) is able to infer people’s personality from ‘selfie’ photographs better than human raters do. Also Read - Early Signs of Glaucoma Progression to Blindness Can be Spotted by AI

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, revealed that personality predictions based on female faces appeared to be more reliable than those for male faces. Also Read - Kazakhstan Woman Goes to Celebrate End of Lockdown, Falls To Death While Posing For Photo On A Cliff

The technology can be used to find the ‘best matches’ in customer service, dating or online tutoring, the researchers from HSE University and Open University in Russia, said. Also Read - Mumbai Students Develop AI Tool Which Could Help Diagnose Covid-19 Through Voice


Studies asking human raters to make personality judgments based on photographs have produced inconsistent results, suggesting that our judgments are too unreliable to be of any practical importance.

According to the study, there are strong theoretical and evolutionary arguments to suggest that some information about personality characteristics, particularly, those essential for social communication, might be conveyed by the human face.

After all, face and behaviour are both shaped by genes and hormones, and social experiences resulting from one’s appearance may affect one’s personality development.

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