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Outline and evaluate one or more theories of face recognition (24) Face recognition are processes involved in recognition of faces. Explanations of face recognition include feature analysis versus holistic forms. Remembering and recognising faces is an important skill we apply each day of our lives. It is important to our social interactions, to work and school activities, and in our personal family lives. Bradshaw and Wallace supported the feature analysis by using identikits To construct pairs of faces that shared a number of features, but differed in others. Participants were asked to decide as quickly as possible, whether pairs of faces were the same or different. The more differences that there were between the two faces, the faster the judgements. They concluded that participants were processing facial features independently and in serial fashion. Sergant pointed out that that the faces that differed in several features were also very different in terms of their for consideration and that it may have been this factor would allow participants to make speedy judgements. ...read more.


This model includes a number of different processing models that are linked in sequence and in parallel. Structural encoding, the separate stages of representation of the facial image. Expression analysis the drawing inferences about a person's emotional state from an analysis of their facial features. Facial speech analysis is making use of visual information from the face when deciphering speech. Descriptive visual processing is the mechanism that allows for certain kind of face processing to occur without the necessity and for recognizing the identity of the person. Face recognition units of the stored structural descriptions of familiar faces. Person identity nodes provide personal details about an individual who has all the known to the observer. Name generation which includes individuals names are stored separately from their other details. The cognitive system seems to hold additional information that might be of use in face recognition. ...read more.


This model has been influential and seemed to come successfully for certain aspects of this recognition. However, some of the components in the modern had been less well explained in others. In particular, the role of the corpses system is not clearly specified A study by Ellis et al (1975) illustrates the difficulties involved in recalling faces. Participants were shown six photographs of male faces for ten seconds and then asked them immediately to recall the face so that it could be reconstructed using photofit materials. When judges attempted to pick out the target face from the photofit reconstruction?s only an average of 12.5% identifications were correct indicating that the reconstructed faces did not closely resemble the original stimulus face. It seems that in order to describe a face we need to convert our stored mental representations of that face into words. The fact that this seems to be so difficult and so ineffective as illustrated in this study would indicate that we do store faces as wholes rather than as sets of separate features. ...read more.

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