Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen site
Computer vision research unveils stereotypes about body shapes
María Alejandra Quirós-Ramírez, Stephan Streuber, Michael J. Black
Abteilung Perzeptive Systeme, Standort Tübingen
SummaryScientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems show how people perceive others and unconsciously attribute certain character traits to a person based solely on their body shape. They also found that the political affiliation of the observer influences the social perception. The judgment of others depends on both the body shape of the person being observed and the viewer’s own political preference, potentially having political and social implications. The research project aims to raise awareness of this bias.