Modelling face recognition

V. Bruce*, A. M. Burton, Ian Craw

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Much early work in the psychology of face processing was hampered by a failure to think carefully about task demands. Recently our understanding of the processes involved in the recognition of familiar faces has been both encapsulated in, and guided by, functional models of the processes involved in processing and recognizing faces. The specification and predictive power of such theory has been increased with the development of an implemented model, based upon an 'interactive activation and competition' architecture. However, a major deficiency in most accounts of face processing is their failure to spell out the perceptual primitives that form the basis of our representations for faces. Possible representational schemes are discussed, and the potential role of three-dimensional representations of the face is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-128
JournalPhilosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Issue number1273
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes


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