Differences in accuracy of person perception between blindness students and sighted students

[Speaker] Lee, Si Hyung:1
[Co-author] Jung, Taeyun:1
1:Ching-ang University (Korea(Republic of Korea))

The purpose of this study was to examine the differences in accuracy of person perception between blindness and sighted students. To achieve this, two different types of stimuli based on six target students were developed: One is voice based stimuli and the other is facial mask stimuli. A total of 40 congenially blindness and sighted students, each equal in number, participated in the experiments. There were four important findings in this study: 1) Congenitally blindness participants formed more accurate impression on the target persons in extraversion, emotional stability, and Intellect than sighted counterparts. 2) Blind student's assumed descriptions about voice owners' face were more accurate than those by sighted students. 3) Blindness participants did better than sighted counter parts at the voice and mask matching task. These findings were discussed in terms of embodied cognition with reference to literature on cognitive neuroscience.
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