Integrating holistic processing and face-space approaches to the perception of facial identity [ 2009 - 2013 ]

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Researchers Dr E McKone; Dr M Edwards; Dr AM Aimola Davies

Brief description Recognising faces is a socially crucial task, and humans are remarkably good at it. Scientists investigating the 'software' our brains use to recognise faces have referred to two different theories -- one when explaining why we distinguish faces better than objects, and the other in explaining why we distinguish some people's faces more easily than others. The project aims to integrate these two theories. This has two potential long-term benefits: it will give a stronger basis for understanding what goes wrong in people where face recognition does not develop normally; and, the improved knowledge from a biological system may also lead to improved computer face recognition algorithms (eg. for airport security).

Funding Amount $475,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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