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Bruce - Recognising and recreating faces.


  • Investigates how recognisable internal and external features are.
  • Argues that Internal features provide more accurate recognition of familiar faces
  • But External features aid recognition of unfamiliar faces
  • Witnesses describe external features first / best, however they try to recognise familiar faces and rely on internal features to identify them.


To investigate the recognisability of internal and external features of composite faces; the prediction that internal features are harder to recognise.


  • 3 X Lab experiments
  • Exp 1: 30 Staff…



A colourful and very useful summary of Bruce et al's study of Facial Recognition.

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