Familiar and unfamiliar face recognition: A review

Johnston, Robert A. and Edmonds, Andrew J. (2009) Familiar and unfamiliar face recognition: A review. Memory, 17 (5). pp. 577-596. ISSN 0965-8211 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Since the 1970s there has been a continuing interest in how people recognise familiar faces (Bruce, 1979; Ellis, 1975). This work has complemented investigations of how unfamiliar faces are processed and the findings from these two strands of research have given rise to accounts that propose qualitatively different forms of representation for familiar and unfamiliar faces. Evidence to suggest that we process familiar and unfamiliar faces in different ways is available from cognitive neuropsychology, brain scanning, and psychophysics. However, in this review we focus on the evidence, available from experimental investigations of how people recognise faces, for different types of representation existing for each type of face. Factors affecting recognition are evaluated in terms of how they apply to familiar and unfamiliar faces and categorised according to the nature of their impact. In the final section this evidence, along with recent advances in the field, is used to explore the way in which unfamiliar faces may become familiar and the factors that may be important for the development of familiar face representations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Familiar face recognition; Unfamiliar face recognition; Face perception; Learning; Review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Robert Johnston
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009 15:37
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 15:27
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23145 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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