Politician Photos

This database contains 248 photos of US Governor candidates and 302 photos of US Senator candidates used in our research (Ballew and Todorov 2007, Olivola et al 2012, Olivola and Todorov 2010, and Todorov et al 2005). The database also contains the candidates’ perceived competence in a forced choice competence judgement task by subjects unfamiliar with the politicians. As such, these ratings simply indicate perceptions and are in no way indicative of the actual competence of the politicians. Exact methods are described in the above papers.

If you use photos of Governor candidates, please cite Ballew and Todorov 2007 and Olivola and Todorov 2010. The exact references are:

Ballew, C. C., and Todorov, A. (2007). Predicting political elections from rapid and unreflective face judgments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 104(46), 17948-17953

Olivola, C. Y., and Todorov, A. (2010). Elected in 100 milliseconds: Appearance-based trait inferences and voting. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 34, 83-110.

If you use photos of Senator candidates, please cite Olivola and Todorov 2010 and Todorov et al 2005. The exact references are:

Olivola, C. Y., and Todorov, A. (2010). Elected in 100 milliseconds: Appearance-based trait inferences and voting. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 34, 83-110.

Todorov, A., Mandisodza, A. N., Goren, A., and Hall, C. C. (2005). Inferences of competence from faces predict election outcomes. Science, 308, 1623-1626.

If you would like to download this face database, click here to complete the agreement form. After you electronically sign the agreement, you can start downloading the files: 248 Governor photos, 302 Senator photos, an Excel key matching the photos to names of the politicians, and two Excel files containing competence judgements.