Facial Recognition

In Recognizing Faces, the Whole is Not Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

How do we recognize a face? To date, most research has answered “holistically”: We look at all the features—eyes, nose, mouth—simultaneously and, perceiving the relationships among them, gain an advantage over taking in each feature individually. Now a new study overturns this theory. The researchers—Jason M. Gold and Patrick J. More

Lisa DeBruine

University of Aberdeen, UK http://facelab.org What does your research focus on? Interpreting a wide range of signals from the face is at the center of social interaction. My original focus of research was on human kin recognition and how people respond to facial resemblance. As predicted by biological theories of More