The mirror and the mask: the role of face processing in personality and performance



Darling, Stephen and Dean, John and Goodall, Karen and Mastrominico, Bianca and Wilson, Stuart (2011) The mirror and the mask: the role of face processing in personality and performance. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. (Submitted)

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Abstract

We report a study in which participants took part in a theatre workshop in which they wore a mask and attempted to adopt a novel character. One group were able to view their face in a mirror, whilst another were given an inverting mirror. A third group were not able to use a mirror. The group who self-viewed in a standard mirror evidenced significantly greater change to their personality during performance than those in the other two groups. Superficially, results show that using mirrors is useful to performing artists. More broadly, results are supportive of the idea that self-viewing serves an important function in supporting access to self-knowledge. We speculate that an influential model of face recognition, the IAC model, may be extended relatively simply to encompass self-perception.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 08:49
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:59
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2419

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