Face Processing: Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Applied Perspectives

Paperback | July 3, 2010

byGraham Hole, Victoria Bourne

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How do we recognise familiar faces?What factors determine facial attractiveness?How does face processing develop in infants and children?Why do face reconstruction systems, such as Photofit and E-Fit, produce such poor likenesses of the original face?Face Processing: psychological, neuropsychological and applied perspectives is the first major textbook for 20 years that seeks to answer questions like these. Drawing on the most recent research in the field, and organised around the three main research perspectives - psychological,neuropsychological, and applied - it provides insights on issues of relevance to students from a wide range of disciplines.Face recognition and expression perception have generated a large amount of research over the last decade, and with high profile media coverage of related issues, such as the misidentification of Brazilian student, Jean Charles de Menezes, face processing is a hot topic within the study ofpsychology. Face Processing captures the excitement in the field, and with reference to a wealth of studies and real-world phenomena, it reveals how our understanding of face processing has developed over the years. The first section of the book, on the psychological perspectives of face processing, considers how we are able to recognise familiar faces; how we can extract information such as emotion, sex and age from a face; and how face processing abilities develop.The second section covers the neuropsychological perspectives, and examines the disorders of face recognition that arise following brain injury, and asks whether faces are a 'special' class of visual stimuli.Finally, a section on the applied perspectives of face processing describes face reconstruction systems, such as Identikit and Photofit, and their limitations; it discusses methods of constructing facial composites, and the phenomenon of 'verbal overshadowing', whereby verbal descriptions of visualstimuli subsequently leads to a temporary impairment in people's ability to recognise those stimuli. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this book is the perfect resource for students studying face processing as part of a psychology degree, and the breadth of its coverage makes it of relevance to computer science students, medical students with an interest in neurology, and students offorensic science, too.The Online Resource Centre to accompany Face Processing: psychological, neuropsychological, and applied perspectives features the following resources for lecturers and students.For registered adopters* Figures from the book available to downloadFor students* Hyperlinks to primary literature articles* Web link library

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How do we recognise familiar faces?What factors determine facial attractiveness?How does face processing develop in infants and children?Why do face reconstruction systems, such as Photofit and E-Fit, produce such poor likenesses of the original face?Face Processing: psychological, neuropsychological and applied perspectives is the fir...

Graham Hole is a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex. He has been researching face processing since 1994, and is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles on the topic. Most of his work has centred around investigating the nature of the 'configural' processing that we routinely use in order to recognize faces. Other...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:317 pagesPublished:July 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI: Psychological Perspectives1. Models of human face processing2. The nature of facial representations3. Processing emotional expression4. Faces as social stimuli5. The development of face processing - part i, infants6. The development of face processing - part ii, childhood6. Clinical neuropsychology of face recognition7. Clinical neuropsychology of face recognition8. Developmental neuropsychological disorders of face processing9. The cognitive neuroscience of face processing10. Are faces special?10. Technology and face processing11. Eyewitness identification evidence, and recognition of unfamiliar faces12. Own-group biases in face recognition13. Technology and facial identificationDiscussion

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