Video: Why you should get a stranger to choose your profile pictures

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

People select profile images of themselves for social networking sites that are less flattering than a stranger would choose for them, UNSW-led research shows.

The study suggests people have an inbuilt bias about what they think they look like that interferes with their ability to select photos that give the most favourable first impression.

The study, by researchers at UNSW, University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney, is published in the open access journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

First author UNSW psychologist Dr David White explains the research in this video for the Sydney Morning Herald.


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