PsyPost: An individual’s personality appears to be highly correlated with their Twitter behavior

PsyPost: An individual’s personality appears to be highly correlated with their Twitter behavior. Uh-oh. “Do we project our true personalities on our social media accounts? While many people use social media as a way to express themselves, others see it as an opportunity to present a false persona. So, how telling are our Twitter posts about our personalities? A study published in Computers in Human Behavior suggests that our online behavior does, in fact, reflect our true behavior.”

PsyPost: Trait victimhood and mental rigidity linked to heightened fear of COVID-19 and greater adherence to safety measures

PsyPost: Trait victimhood and mental rigidity linked to heightened fear of COVID-19 and greater adherence to safety measures. “According to new research, the fear and uncertainty characterizing the coronavirus pandemic may lead certain personalities to be more likely to follow safety guidelines. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, found that the tendency to feel like a victim and an inclination toward mental rigidity were both associated with greater adherence to safety measures.”

PsyPost: Dark personality traits predict cognitive and emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

PsyPost: Dark personality traits predict cognitive and emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds. “New research sheds light on how those with high levels of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism have reacted cognitively and emotionally to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in Personality and Individual Differences, indicates that narcissists and Machiavellians appear to have experienced greater distress from the coronavirus outbreak. Sadists, however, have found enjoyment in it.”

PsyPost: Sociopathic traits linked to non-compliance with mask guidelines and other COVID-19 containment measures

PsyPost: Sociopathic traits linked to non-compliance with mask guidelines and other COVID-19 containment measures. “New research from Brazil has found that people who are unconcerned with adhering to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 tend to display higher levels of traits associated with antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathy. The findings have been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.”

Fast Company: People who like embarrassing or angering others find social media more addictive, study says

Fast Company: People who like embarrassing or angering others find social media more addictive, study says . “Large swaths of the internet are a cesspool. Before today, this led to glum assessments about the state of humanity. But a new study out of Michigan State University and California State University at Fullerton, says not so fast: The heaviest users of social media have personalities that enjoy angering and embarrassing others. This is good news! It means that humanity, on the whole, might suck far less than people on the internet.”

CNN: I attended a virtual conference with an AI version of Deepak Chopra. It was bizarre and transfixing

CNN: I attended a virtual conference with an AI version of Deepak Chopra. It was bizarre and transfixing. “I was reacting to the fact that Chopra, Stone, Banister and two other people I’d been viewing via Zoom — Laura Ulloa, a peace activist, and Lars Buttler, cofounder and CEO of the AI Foundation and moderator of this panel discussion — were all digital personas created with artificial intelligence. That is, each one of them looked and sounded a lot like the person they were meant to represent. But these ersatz versions of their flesh-and-blood counterparts were built by Buttler’s AI Foundation, a San Francisco company and nonprofit that promotes the idea that each of us should have our own AI identity.”

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence can make personality judgments based on our photographs

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence can make personality judgments based on our photographs. “Russian researchers from HSE University and Open University for the Humanities and Economics have demonstrated that artificial intelligence is able to infer people’s personality from ‘selfie’ photographs better than human raters do. Conscientiousness emerged to be more easily recognizable than the other four traits. Personality predictions based on female faces appeared to be more reliable than those for male faces. The technology can be used to find the ‘best matches’ in customer service, dating or online tutoring.” Me right now: 😬

PsyPost: Psychopathic traits linked to non-compliance with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic

PsyPost: Psychopathic traits linked to non-compliance with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. “New research provides some initial evidence that certain antagonistic personality traits are associated with ignoring preventative measures meant to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The study has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science. It is currently available on the PsyArXiv preprint website.”

Nautilus: The Euclidean Metrics of Trump’s Twitter Account

Nautilus: The Euclidean Metrics of Trump’s Twitter Account. “Using simple linguistic criteria such as these in combination with an array of sentiment lexicons, James Pennebaker and his team at the University of Texas have developed a sentiment tool, linguistic inquiry and word count (LIWC) that can quantify an author’s personality along a range of dimensions, including positivity, anxiety, depression, anger, affability, social engagement, arrogance, enthusiasm, logicality, topicality, and self-absorption. An online version…allows users to affectively profile a Twitter personality of their choosing by entering the corresponding Twitter handle.”

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence can predict your personality … simply by tracking your eyes

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence can predict your personality … simply by tracking your eyes . “It’s often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, revealing what we think and how we feel. Now, new research reveals that your eyes may also be an indicator of your personality type, simply by the way they move. Developed by the University of South Australia in partnership with the University of Stuttgart, Flinders University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany, the research uses state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms to demonstrate a link between personality and eye movements.”

Kottke: Your personality, according to IBM Watson

Kottke: Your personality, according to IBM Watson. “Watson is IBM’s AI platform. This afternoon I tried out IBM Watson’s Personality Insights Demo. The service ‘derives insights about personality characteristics from social media, enterprise data, or other digital communications’. Watson looked at my Twitter account and painted a personality portrait of me…” I tried this twice. The first time Watson said I was less likely to like hip-hop (I do) and the second time it said I was less likely to like country music (I do.) A little afraid to see which music I’m less likely to like the third time…

Ubergizmo: Facebook Looking To Give Chatbots A ‘Consistent Personality’

Ubergizmo: Facebook Looking To Give Chatbots A ‘Consistent Personality’. “In a recently published paper by researchers at Facebook’s FAIR lab (via The Verge), the researchers are hoping to solve some of the problems with chatbots, such as by giving them a ‘consistent personality’, as well as making them remember conversations that they might have had with you several sentences ago.”

Phys.org: What social media reveals about your personality

Phys.org: What social media reveals about your personality. “Since the inception of social media, a prodigious amount of status updates, tweets, and comments have been posted online. The language people use to express themselves can provide clues about the kind of people they are, online and off. Current efforts to understand personality from writing samples rely on theories and survey data from the 1980s. New research from the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) uses social media data to successfully identify differences and similarities between users without prior assumptions. This is a step toward building a better understanding of the psychology of human personality.” The researchers started with Reddit, which I thought was interesting.