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Facing Fate: Estimates of Longevity from Facial Appearance and their Underlying Cues

Resource Type
Dataset : experimental data, survey data
  • Rule, Nicholas (University of Toronto)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
aging; health; life expectancy; physical appearance
  • Abstract

    We examined whether life longevity could be predicted from facial appearance. We asked participants to view headshots from a 1923 university yearbook and to estimate how long they thought each person lived. We then tested whether social judgments related to actual longevity (wealth, health, personality, etc.) related to participants' judgments of longevity.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-07 / 2011-12
    Time period: 2011-07--2011-12
  • 2011-07-04 / 2011-12-12
    Collection date: 2011-07-04--2011-12-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults living in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Participants completed the task online, they therefore represent a random sampling of adults in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey

One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36046 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36046.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-06 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Rule, Nicholas (2015): Facing Fate: Estimates of Longevity from Facial Appearance and their Underlying Cues. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.