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Mirella Walker

Postdoc

University of Basel

About

In the past years, together with my collaborators I developed and validated different methods to model perceived personality in faces in a natural-looking way. In my main current research projects I use these methods to study the perception of the self and the role of moral character in Moral Psychology.

Projects

Face Modeling

Together with my collaborators at the Computer Science Department I developed a method to systematically model perceived personality in …

Modeling Mental Representations

In the past few years, together with Matthias Keller, I developed and validated a novel method to extract individuals’ mental …

Self Perception

In a recent publication we made use of the advantages of the reverse correlation approach by applying the same random vectors to the …

Resources

The Basel Face Database

The Basel Face Database (BFD) is built upon portrait photographs of forty different individuals. All these photographs have been …

Recent Publications

Keller, M.D, Walker, M., & Reutner, L. (in press). Cheap or objectified? When do women react negatively towards sexualized advertisements. Social Psychological Bulletin.

Rudert, S.C., Hales, A., Keller, M.D, Walker, M., & Greifeneder, R. (2019). Who gets ostracized? A personality perspective on risk and protective factors of ostracism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000271

Walker, M. & Keller, M. (2019). Beyond attractiveness: A multi-method approach to study enhancement in self-recognition on the Big Two personality dimensions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117(3), 483-499. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000157

Stolier, R. M., Hehman, E., Keller, M. D., Walker, M., & Freeman, J. B. (2018). The conceptual structure of face impressions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(37), 9210-9215. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1807222115

Formanowicz, M., Goldenberg, A., Saguy, T., Pietraszkiewicz, A., Walker, M., & Gross, J. J. (2018). Understanding dehumanization: The role of agency and communion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 77, 102-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2018.04.003

Walker, M., Schönborn, S., Greifeneder, R., & Vetter, T. (2018). The Basel Face Database: A validated set of photographs reflecting systematic differences in Big Two and Big Five personality dimensions. PloS one, 13(3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193190

Walker, M. & Wänke, M. (2017). Caring or daring? Exploring the impact of facial masculinity/femininity and gender category information on first impressions. PLoS one, 12(10): e0181306. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181306

Funk, F., Walker, M., & Todorov, A. (2017). Modeling perceptions of criminality and remorse from faces using a data-driven computational approach. Cognition and Emotion 31(7), 1431-1443. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2016.1227305

Rudert, S. C., Reutner, L., Greifeneder, R., & Walker, M. (2017). Faced with exclusion: Perceived facial warmth and competence influence moral judgments of social exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 68, 101-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2016.06.005

Walker, M. & Vetter, T. (2016). Changing the personality of a face: Perceived Big Two and Big Five personality factors modeled in real photographs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(4), 609-624. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000064

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