Research Article
Volume 4 Issue 1 - 2021
How Aggressive are You from Your Face Look? A Facial Anthropological Study of Sub-Saharan Africa Population
Bashir Muhammd1, Anas Ibrahim Yahaya2* and Lawal Hassan Adamu2
11Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Bauchi State University Gadau, Bauchi State, Nigeria
22Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Anas Ibrahim Yahya, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, Nigeria.
Received: January 05, 2020; Published: December 30, 2020


Facial dimensions have been shown over the years to correlate with human behavior. However, little is known regarding this correlation among African population, particularly Nigerians. This study aimed to determine the relationship between facial dimensions and different self-reported forms of aggression (physical, verbal, anger, and hostility) among Nigerians. A total of 400 undergraduate students (200 male and 200 female) aged between 16 to 30 years old were randomly selected. A 2D facial images were used to measure facial dimensions (n-sn, sn-gn, go-go and zy-gy) and five facial ratios: upper facial weight/lower facial height (UFW/LFH), upper facial weight/lower facial weight (UFW/LFW), upper facial weight/upper facial height (UFWUFH), upper facial height/facial height (UFH/FH) and fWHR-lower derived from the measured linear dimensions using a Sony digital camera and art face 3 software. Buss and Perry aggression questionnaire was adopted, scores for each aggression scale was recorded. Data analysis was made using IBM SPSS software version 22 and the Cronbach’s alpha for each scale was above 0.70. Pearson’s correlation analysis was used to determine the relationship of facial biometrics with aggressive tendencies. It was observed that lower facial height (sn-gn) significantly correlates with verbal aggression and anger. Facial height (FH) also correlates with verbal aggression in both sexes, and facial weight to height ratio (fWHR) also correlates significantly with anger (AN). Lower facial height to facial height ratio (LFH/FH) also correlates significantly with verbal aggression (VA) and anger (AN) in respective of sex but correlates with same in male only. Similarly, upper facial width to lower facial height (UFW/LFH) correlates significantly with verbal aggression and anger irrespective of sex and with anger only in males.

In conclusion, facial characteristics are to some extent indicators of one’s mood.

Keywords: Facial Dimensions; Facial Ratios; Aggressiveness; Sub-Saharan Africa


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Citation: Anas Ibrahim Yahaya., et al. “How Aggressive are You from Your Face Look? A Facial Anthropological Study of Sub-Saharan Africa Population”. EC Clinical and Experimental Anatomy 4.1 (2021): 20-27.

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