face recognition

01/09/2012 - 14:10

Objects that resemble faces are everywhere. Whether it’s New Hampshire’s erstwhile granite “Old Man of the Mountain,” or Jesus’ face on a tortilla, our brains are adept at locating images that look like faces. However, the normal human brain is almost never fooled into thinking such objects actually are human faces.

12/01/2011 - 09:13

Face recognition is an important social skill, but not all of us are equally good at it,” says Beijing Normal University cognitive psychologist Jia Liu. But what accounts for the difference? A new study by Liu and colleagues Ruosi Wang, Jingguang Li, Huizhen Fang, and Moqian Tian provides the first experimental evidence that the inequality of abilities is rooted in the unique way in which the mind perceives faces.

08/05/2011 - 07:20

Have you ever been approached by someone whose face you recognise but whose name you can’t remember? Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol have identified the reasons behind why we are, at times, unable to link a face to a name.