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Face masks affect emotion categorisation, age estimation, recognition, and gender classification from faces.

Wong, H. K. and Estudillo, A. J., 2022. Face masks affect emotion categorisation, age estimation, recognition, and gender classification from faces. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 7 (1), 91.

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DOI: 10.1186/s41235-022-00438-x


Although putting on a mask over our nose and mouth is a simple but powerful way to protect ourselves and others during a pandemic, face masks may interfere with how we perceive and recognize one another, and hence, may have far-reaching impacts on communication and social interactions. To date, it remains relatively unknown the extent to which wearing a face mask that conceals the bottom part of the face affects the extraction of different facial information. To address this question, we compared young adults' performance between masked and unmasked faces in four different tasks: (1) emotion recognition task, (2) famous face recognition and naming test, (3) age estimation task, and (4) gender classification task. Results revealed that the presence of face mask has a negative impact on famous face recognition and emotion recognition, but to a smaller extent on age estimation and gender classification tasks. More interestingly, we observed a female advantage in the famous face recognition and emotion recognition tasks and a female own-gender bias in gender categorisation and age estimation tasks. Overall, these findings allude to the lack of malleability of the adulthood face recognition and perceptual systems.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Age estimation; COVID-19; Emotion recognition; Face coverings; Face recognition; Gender classification; Adult; Emotions; Facial Recognition; Female; Humans; Male; Masks; Recognition, Psychology; Sexism; Young Adult
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37705
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 Oct 2022 09:44
Last Modified:24 Oct 2022 09:44


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