Date Presented

Spring 3-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Virginia Cylke, PhD

Second Advisor

Nicki Favero, PhD

Third Advisor

Alisha Marciano, PhD


Accurately perceiving the personalities of others may allow a person to be more successful in social and professional settings. Past research has supported that drag performers who are extroverted tend to be more successful in their job (Hopkins, 2004). It also has been supported that extroverted people, who are also referred to by Vogt and Colvin as “interpersonally-oriented,” are better at accurately judging others’ personalities (2003).The influence of gender on perceiving abilities is addressed in this study; it observes whether or not drag performers more accurately perceive the personalities of others because of their interpersonal orientation. It has been found that women are better at accurately judging personality than men. The present study observed the role of gender-embodiment on personality judgment (Chan, Rogers, Parisotto, & Beisanz, 2010). Drag performers were recruited throughout the country, while the non-drag population were faculty members, staff members, and students at the University of Lynchburg. Both groups evaluated the personalities of four target people in interview-style videos. The accuracy of the two group’s judgments were compared using the Big Five personality assessment. It was hypothesized that the drag performers would have more accurate readings of the target personalities than the non-drag performers