Mirella Walker


University of Basel


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.


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 …


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., Walker, M., & Reutner, L. (2020). Sex Sells? The Role of Female Agency in Sexualized Advertisements. Social Psychological Bulletin, 15(1), 1-28. https://doi.org/10.32872/spb.2643

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