Fleeting images of shade: Identifying people caught on video

Vicki Bruce gave the Presidents' Award lecture at the Society's Annual Conference in Brighton, March 1998.
THE human face is an interesting object for psychologists to study. Interpersonal impression formation, effects of attractiveness or disfigurement, the perception and expression of emotions, neonatal imitation and neuropsychological impairments of social skills are amongst the many interesting and important topics where information from the face plays a vital role (see Bruce & Young, 1998 for an introduction). However during the past 25 years or so, the study of the identification of people from their faces has become an important topic for those interested in perception and cognition.

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