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Jennifer Horn

Horn, J. (2002, May). First impressions of body art.
Mentor: Dr. Terell P. Lasane


First impressions are affected by many factors. The purpose of this experiment was to determine what effects a tattoo or body piercing has on first impressions amongst college students. The gender of the viewer was investigated to see if there would be differences in first impressions. Photographs were manipulated into three conditions of either having a tattoo, having a body piercing, or no body art. Participants were to rate the likelihood of the individual portrayed in the photograph to certain characteristics. Results indicated that there were gender differences between first impressions of individuals with tattoos or body piercings. Future research is suggested for investigating different aspects of body art and how it influences the formation of a first impression.

Read the paper (download the pdf)