Wanna Be Famous? Use This Psych Study Design to Prove the Neanderthal-Introvert Connection
|March 15, 2013||Posted by Koanic under face reading|
A couple of people have mentioned that I should just do a study to prove my face-reading theory and revolutionize psychology. I agree wholeheartedly. But I am not an academic, so I have no way to do the study myself.
Therefore I’ll just suggest the methodology here and let any academic or psych student who’s interested publish the result and get the credit. No need to mention me whatsoever.
Below is the simplest possible way to do the study and find an interesting facial / psychological correlation never before discovered in the academic literature. Just think, you can be famous!
1. Subject pool: Collect some students from your psych class. Non-african guys will work best. White guys will result in the highest correlation. Definitely do not use any Northeast Asians, they will throw everything off. Obese guys will also throw things off, by fat obscuring the brow bone.
2. Have them stand perfectly in profile in front of a wall with a horizontal ruler in the shot. Take the picture with a digital camera. This is just like the side view on a police mugshot. Take the picture from the same point every time, and have two marks for their feet so they all stand in the same place. Have a mark straight ahead they they can look at to keep their heads at the correct angle. No glasses, hold back bangs that fall into eyes; relaxed facial expression.
3. Give them a questionnaire about their introversion. Use MBTI or just ask them to rate their introversion 1-5. You psych guys know what you’re doing here so I’ll stop telling you your business.
4. Afterwards, manually measure the horizontal distance from the tip of the cornea to the brow in Photoshop or Gimp. Take pixel counts and then convert them all to facial millimeters at the end, using the ruler in the photos. The pixel to millimeter ratio should be the same for all photos, since the camera point and standing location are the same.
Like so. You want to measure the bottom of the triangle:
How is this connected to Neanderthals? They had deep eye sockets, and are known to contribute a significant percentage of non-African human DNA.
And apparently they had poor social skills and lived in very small tribes… go figure!
Bonus – for a higher correlation % with introversion, also measure horizontal eye size (corner to corner), occipital bun size, and facial width to height ratio (WHR, a testosterone indicator). You could make a career out of this stuff… Nobel prizes dancing in your dreams… go get ‘em tiger.