Understanding face recognition with an interactive activation model

A. Mike Burton*, Vicki Bruce, Robert A. Johnston

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In this paper we describe how the microstructure of the Bruce & Young (1986) functional model of face recognition may be explored and extended using an interactive activation implementation. A simulation of the recognition of familiarity of individuals is developed which accounts for a range of published findings on the effects of semantic priming, repetition priming and distinctiveness. Finally, we offer some speculative predictions made by the model, and point to an empirical programme of research which it suggests. 1990 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-380
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes


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