Uncovering the Hidden Aspect of Our Personality: The relationship between Walking Gait and Personality Traits

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There is a growing call for the inclusion of behavioral measures in personality psychology research. The proposed study aims at integrating knowledge on wearable sensor gait measurement technology and personality assessment to develop a set of systematic and accurate research tools for quantitative measurement of personality characteristics. A total of 100 younger, middle-aged, and older Chinese adults will be recruited to take part in walking tests, and their gait patterns will be measured by the portable wearable “micro inertial measurement unit” (mIMU) developed by the Co-PIs, Prof. Wen Jung Li (MNE) and Dr. Yuliang Zhao. Personality traits (i.e., extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness) of participants will be assessed using both selfrating and close other’s rating. The findings of the proposed study will unveil the behavioral indicator of personality characteristics, thus advancing the future personality assessment beyond self-reports.


Project number7020071
Grant typeSIRG
Effective start/end date1/05/22 → …