Scientists can now predict a person’s physical appearance just from the person’s DNA, with astonishing accuracy.
However, those same genes apparently predict nothing about one’s personality.
When I saw these two suspects’ faces on the news, in each case, I said, “He looks like the kind who’d do it.”
Joshua David Edwards
But is there any basis for this — other than the influence of Hollywood?
A ton of research has been done of the following nature: 100 research subjects are shown the faces of 100 men, and asked to rate each one as more masculine or less masculine.
Such research consistently finds strong consensus as to which faces are more masculine or less. Then the same or other research subjects are asked to predict the personality traits of the man in each picture. Here again, a strong consensus appears: men with more masculine faces are thought to be more likely to be fun in bed, but less likely to be good husbands and fathers. They are also thought to be less likely to keep a job, and more likely to be violent and criminal.
I am not aware of any research at all into whether these stereotypes reflect fact.
It would surely help if facial features would let us identify, at least, the worst of the worst, namely, psychopaths. But in all the photos I’ve seen of such persons, there’s no commonality to their appearance at all.
John Lee Cowell looks harmless.