Psychonomic Science

, Volume 9, Issue 12, pp 619–620 | Cite as

Recognition of faces: I. An exploratory study

  • Julian Hochberg
  • Ruth Ellen Galper
Human Learning and Thinking Memory

Abstract

Shepard’s recognition procedure was applied to photographs to test its usefulness for exploring perception of, and memory for, faces. Recognition was measured as a function of number of faces viewed and of vertical orientation. Recognition accuracy was significantly greater for upright than for inverted photographs, suggesting that faces are not here perceived and stored simply as patterns. Inspection Series length did not significantly affect recognition accuracy. Comparison of upright-viewing-and-upright-recognition with inverted-viewing-and-upright-recognition yielded no significant differences in accuracy, suggesting that unlike information stored during upright viewing, information stored during inverted viewing is not strongly tied to orientation.

References

  1. SHEPARD, R. N. Recognition memory for words, sentences, and pictures. J. verbal Learn, verbal Behav., 1967, 6, 156–163.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Psychonomic Press 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian Hochberg
    • 1
  • Ruth Ellen Galper
    • 1
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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