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Face-space: A unifying concept in face recognition research.

Valentine, T, Lewis, M.B. and Hills, P.J., 2015. Face-space: A unifying concept in face recognition research. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2014.990392


The concept of a multidimensional psychological space, in which faces can be represented according to their perceived properties, is fundamental to the modern theorist in face processing. Yet the idea was not clearly expressed until 1991. The background that led to the development of face-space is explained, and its continuing influence on theories of face processing is discussed. Research that has explored the properties of the face-space and sought to understand caricature, including facial adaptation paradigms, is reviewed. Face-space as a theoretical framework for understanding the effect of ethnicity and the development of face recognition is evaluated. Finally, two applications of face-space in the forensic setting are discussed. From initially being presented as a model to explain distinctiveness, inversion, and the effect of ethnicity, face-space has become a central pillar in many aspects of face processing. It is currently being developed to help us understand adaptation effects with faces. While being in principle a simple concept, face-space has shaped, and continues to shape, our understanding of face perception.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adaptation ; Caricature ; Ethnicity ; Face ; Recognition
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22665
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:15 Oct 2015 09:08
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:53


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