Struggle to recall faces? Your big ego could be to blame! Vain people have poorer visual memories than those who aren’t so self-obsessed, 研究表明
Vain people with big egos and a sense of entitlement have poorer visual memories, a study suggests.
They may struggle to remember faces and objects because of the way they focus on themselves, researchers said.
在研究中, 1,435 participants were tested for levels of the ‘grandiose narcissism’ personality trait which involves pronounced self-focus, egotism, vanity, a sense of entitlement and a tendency to disregard the needs of others.
Vain people with big egos and a sense of entitlement have poorer visual memories, a study suggests. 上面使用了库存图片 [档案照片]
In the first of six experiments, participants were briefly shown pictures of 40 men before being given other tasks to complete.
They were then shown these photos again as well as another 40 in random order and asked whether they had seen each face before. Those who were more narcissistic tended to perform worse than their more modest peers.
Further tests showed narcissism also led to poorer visual memory of common objects, houses and cars which showed it was not just social stimuli, such as faces, they struggled to remember.
They may struggle to remember faces and objects because of the way they focus on themselves, researchers said. 上面使用了库存图片 [档案照片]
And during an online lecture where participants could see their own face – similar to a Zoom conference call – scientists found the narcissists tended to look at themselves in the webcam more compared to the non-narcissists. When asked about the lecture content afterwards, they remembered less.
‘Devoting attention to oneself may inhibit noticing, recognising or remembering what is happening elsewhere, leaving narcissists particularly prone to miss, and subsequently fail to remember, events occurring around them,’ said the researchers from MacEwan University and the University of Toronto in Canada.
The study was published in the Journal of Personality.