Eye color Predicts Disagreeableness in North Europeans: Support in Favor of Frost (2006)
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The current study investigates whether eye color provides a marker of Agreeableness in North Europeans. Extrapolating from Frost’s (2006) research uncovering an unusually diverse range of hair and eye color in northern Europe, we tested the hypothesis that light eyed individuals of North European descent would be less agreeable (a personality marker for competitiveness) when compared to their dark eyed counterparts, whereas there would be no such effect for people of European descent in general. The hypothesis was tested in Australia to provide consistent environmental conditions for both groups of people. Results support the hypothesis. Implications and conclusions are discussed.
KeywordsEye color Personality Melanin Competitiveness Agreeableness
We would like to thank Dr Peter Frost for his comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
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