Face Recognition Research

Eric Cooper & Tim Wojan


We have recently done some experiments on how the relations among primitives in faces and objects are coded. Specifically, we used altered pictures of famous people's faces to determine how relations are coded (see pictures below).


We found that if people performed a face recognition task (e.g., "Is this Harrison Ford?"), then people were faster to recognize the One Eye Moved face than the Two Eyes Moved face. However, if people performed an object recognition task (e.g., "Is this object a human face?"), then people were faster to recognize the Two Eyes Moved face than the One Eye Moved face. The results suggest that there is a fundamental difference in the way relations are coded during face identification and object recognition.


Click here to read the paper reporting these results.