Recognizing Faces - Bruce ( 2007 )
Familiar faces recogniesed by their internal features ( eyes, nose , mouth ) and unfamiliar faces by external features ( hair line , head shape ) ,
Vicky Bruce ( 2007 ), applied this knowledge to a witness's facial recognition in creating composite pictures following a crime. she used celebrity faces to test wheather intenral or external features were the most important. Her control was to show the whole face.
- Results / Findings : She found that external features alone were as good as whole faces in recognising celebrities.
In forsensic psychology we are usually trying to recognise strangers in E-fits, so the external features are critical.