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Perception and Memory for Human Faces


How people perceive and remember faces has been of focus of work in my lab for many years. Our recent work consists of several projects that look at how we perceive faces and people in motion and how we can explore the internal representation of a face with perceptual adaptation techniques. We have also collaborated on projects with developmental psychologists interested in infants’ perception of faces. The following includes a list of recent papers on various topics within this domain.


Rice, A., Phillips, P. J., Natu, V., An, X., & O’Toole, A. J. (in press). Unaware person recognition from the body when face identification fails. Psychological Science.


O’Toole, A. J.  (2011). Cognitive and Computational Approaches to Face Perception. In (Eds. A. Calder, G. Rhodes, M. Johnson, & J. V. Haxby). Oxford Handbook of Face Perception. Oxford University Press, Oxford: UK.


O’Toole, A. J. & Roark, D. A. (2010). Memory for moving faces: The interplay of two recognition systems. In (Eds. C. Curio, H.H. Bülthoff, M. Giese). Dynamic Faces: Insights from Experiments and Computation. MIT Press, Cambridge: MA.


O’Toole, A. J., Weimer, S. Dunlop, J. Barwick, R. Ayyad, J. & Phillips, P. J. (in press, 2010). Recognizing people from dynamic video: Dissecting identity with a fusion approach.Vision Research, 51, 74-83. doi:10.1016/.visres.2010.09.035

Quinn, P. C., Conforto, A., Lee, K., O’Toole, A. J., Pascalis, O. Slater, A. M. (2010). Infant preference for individual women’s faces extends to girl prototype faces. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 357-360.

Barrett, S.E., & O’Toole, A. J. (2009). Face adaptation to gender: Does adaptation transfer across age categories? Visual Cognition, 17(5), 700-715.

Jiang, F., Blanz, V. & O’Toole, A. J. (2009). Three-dimensional information in face representation revealed by identity aftereffects. Psychological Science, 20(3), 318-325.

Otsuka, Y., Konishi, Y., Yamaguchi, M., Abdi, H. & O’Toole, A. J. (2009). The recognition of moving and static faces by young infants. Child Development, 80(4), 1259-1271.

Jiang, F., Blanz, V. & O’Toole, A. J. (2006). Probing the visual representation of faces with adaptation: A view from the other side of the mean. Psychological Science, 17, 493-500.

Roark, D. A., Barrett, S. E., O’Toole, A. J. & Abdi, H. (2006). Learning the moves: The effect of familiarity and facial motion on person recognition across large changes in viewing format. Perception, 35, 761-773.




More Research Projects


Face Recognition Comparisons Between Humans and MachinesFace Recognition Comparisons Between Humans and Machines


Functional Neuroimaging of High Level Visual Processing of Human FacesFunctional Neuroimaging of High Level Visual Processing of Human Faces


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