Person perception 25 years after Bruce and Young (1986): An introduction

Stefan R. Schweinberger*, A. Mike Burton

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Faces are special stimuli to humans because they convey an enormous range of socially relevant information about a person's identity, gender, age, ethnicity, mood, attractiveness, and about a person's current focus of attention or intentions. For more than two decades, a sentence similar to this one has introduced numerous scientific articles on face perception. Faces are so rich in social information that it may be easy to overlook that other visual or auditory cues (plus, of course, those from other senses) play an important role in our perception of other people as well. In fact, person perception research in 1986 was, to a very large extent, equivalent to face perception research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-703
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


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