Recognizing Faces

Andrew W. Young, A. Mike Burton
2017 Current Directions in Psychological Science  
The idea that most of us are good at recognising faces permeates everyday thinking and is widely used in the research literature. However, it is only a correct characterisation of familiar face recognition; the perception and recognition of unfamiliar faces can be surprisingly error-prone. We show how neglect of the important property of image variability has generated some misleading conclusions, and how studies that use and explore image variability can correct these and lead to substantial theoretical advances.
doi:10.1177/0963721416688114 fatcat:hzn3bv4e3rhgfaqka4ly27vkye