publication . Article . Other literature type . 1986

Understanding face recognition

Andrew William Young;
  • Published: 01 Aug 1986 Journal: British Journal of Psychology, volume 77, pages 305-327 (issn: 0007-1269, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
The aim of this paper is to develop a theoretical model and a set of terms for understanding and discussing how we recognize familiar faces, and the relationship between recognition and other aspects of face processing. It is suggested that there are seven distinct types of information that we derive from seen faces; these are labelled pictorial, structural, visually derived semantic, identity-specific semantic, name, expression and facial speech codes. A functional model is proposed in which structural encoding processes provide descriptions suitable for the analysis of facial speech, for analysis of expression and for face recognition units. Recognition of fam...
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