Informatics Report Series



Related Pages

Report (by Number) Index
Report (by Date) Index
Author Index
Institute Index

Title:Rating e-mail personality at zero acquaintance
Authors: Alastair Gill ; Jon Oberlander ; Elizabeth Austin
Date:Feb 2006
Publication Title:Personality and Individual Differences
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Volume No:40(3) Page Nos:497-507
Electronic media are pervasive in daily communication. But how well do personality ratings of short e-mail messages match the self-reports of the authors? Here we describe a small-scale preliminary study to test this. Working independently and under experimenter supervision, 30 judges each rated 18 short e-mail texts. These texts were written under experimental conditions by authors of known personality, who briefly described their recent activities, and were collected as part of a previous study, which demonstrated linguistic projection of personality. Even with minimal textual cues there is relatively high agreement for ratings of Extraversion, with lesser agreement for Psychoticism. However, agreement for Neuroticism ratings, especially between target and judges, appears to be further reduced by the environment. In addition to demonstrating agreement in asynchronous rather than synchronous computer-mediated communication, this study adopts the three-factor model of personality and uses exemplar-based and subjective measures of personality perception. We note the need for further research.
Links To Paper
Publisher's DOI. Not all browsers can resolve directly; if not, go first to
Publisher's URL
Bibtex format
author = { Alastair Gill and Jon Oberlander and Elizabeth Austin },
title = {Rating e-mail personality at zero acquaintance},
journal = {Personality and Individual Differences},
publisher = {Elsevier},
year = 2006,
month = {Feb},
volume = {40(3)},
pages = {497-507},
doi = {10.1016/j.paid.2005.06.027},
url = {doi:10.1016/j.paid.2005.06.027},

Home : Publications : Report 

Please mail <> with any changes or corrections.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all material is copyright The University of Edinburgh