How do you judge people?

People differ from one another in almost innumerable ways. How we interact with a particular person depends greatly on how we perceive them, and what traits or features we ascribe to them and to others. In this study, we are interested in learning how people like you make judgments about people. In particular, we are interested in uncovering which psychological principles, or dimensions, help us make sense of other people's minds.

The task you will engage in consists of making judgments about well-known public figures such as politicians, entertainers, and scientists. On each trial of the task, you will be shown the names of three such people. One person will be the reference, and other two will be choices. Your goal will be to judge which of the two choices is more similar to the reference person. There are no wrong answers - we are simply interested in the principles guiding your decisions. At the end of the study, you will receive personalized feedback about the degree to which you draw on three different psychological dimensions to make your choices. You will also learn how much other participants - on average - tend to rely on the same psychological dimensions. If you wish to participate in this study on person judgment, please click the 'begin' button below.