Modern physiognomy: an investigation on predicting personality traits and intelligence from the human face




This work was supported by Strategic Priority Research Program of the CAS (Grant No. XDB02070002) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61421004, 61333015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rizhen Qin
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wei Gao
    • 1
    • 3
  • Huarong Xu
    • 4
  • Zhanyi Hu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, Institute of AutomationChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.CAS Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligent Technology, Institute of AutomationChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Department of Computer Science and TechnologyXiamen University of TechnologyXiamenChina

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