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  • Bruce and Youngs theory of face recognition
    • the model presents face recognition as a series of stages which are accessed one after the other.
      • structural encoding- the details of a persons face are encoded or translated into specific info
        • recognising familiar faces- FRU's, PINs,NRU's
          • activation of any of these 3 nodes may draw on the cognitive system to decide whether the match is close enough to constitute recognition.
          • route b) concerned with info about emotional state, and what a persons saying.
            • expression analysis, facial speech analysis and directed visual processing.
            • the cognitive system- provides information as required.
    • research evidence- young, diary study. pp faster at identifying a face of a politician than a name of them.
      • real world application- identikit
    • strengths- generates precise predictions that can further our knowledge. also the model shows the different routes of FR.
      • however the details of unfamiliar face processing are vague, such as the cognitive system.
    • updated model- bruce and burton- fR involves a large number or nodes with complex connections
      • are faces special? do we really need a special model?


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