Research has revealed why some people never seem to forget faces
recognition is an
important social skill but not many of us are equally good at
it, reveals a study. Researcher Jia Liu along with colleagues
from Beijing Normal University have demonstrated how this skill
is rooted in the unique way in which the mind perceives faces.
"Individuals who process faces more holistically that
is, as an integrated whole are better at face
recognition," said Jia, the journal Psychological
Science has reported.
In daily life,
we recognise faces both holistically and also analytically
that is, picking out individual parts, such as eyes or nose,
according to a university statement.
brain uses analytical processing for all kinds of objects like
cars, houses, animals holistic processing is thought to be
especially critical to face recognition," said Jia.
first measured the ability of participants 337 male and
female students to remember whole faces, using a task in which
they had to select studied faces and flowers from among
The next two
tasks measured performance in tasks that mark holistic
processing. The composite-face effect (CFE) shows up when two
faces are split horizontally and stuck together. Its easier
to identify the top half-face when its misaligned with the
bottom one, than when the two halves are fitted smoothly
because our brain automatically combines them to form a new and
unfamiliar-face," Jia said.
"Our findings partly
explains why some never forget faces, while others misrecognise
their friends and relatives frequently," Jia said. IANS