Laurence, SK, Eyre, J and Strathie, A (2021) Recognising Familiar Faces Out of Context. Perception, 50 (2). 174 - 177. ISSN 0301-0066

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Expertise in familiar face recognition has been well-documented in several studies. Here, we examined the role of context using a surprise lecturer recognition test. Across two experiments, we found few students recognised their lecturer when they were unexpected, but accuracy was higher when the lecturer was preceded by a prompt. Our findings suggest that familiar face recognition can be poor in unexpected contexts.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: face perception, familiar faces, personal familiarity, context
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 10:36
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 10:36

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