Face recognition is an area where research has increased considerably in recent years, yet theoretical progress has been slow. Here it is argued that by considering the perception and recognition of familiar faces, as well as episodic memory for unfamiliar faces, a functional framework for face recognition can be developed. Experiments using faces, that include tasks analogous to `visual search' and `lexical decision' are described, and the processes in operation are compared with those occurring in word recognition. The results allow us to distinguish a number of possible subcomponents for a functional model of face recognition.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
- Pub Date:
- August 1983