The human face is a captivating and compelling visual stimulus that provides us an entry point into our interactions with others. From the face, we can perceive a unique identity, a gender, an ethnicity/race and an approximate age. We can remember hundreds, if not thousands, of individual faces. As the face changes, it provides us with moment-to-moment emotional and social signals in the form of facial expressions and gestures. These signals guide us through social interactions and help us to form memories.
In our research, we study human perception and memory for faces and people, using methods from experimental psychological, cognitive neuroscience and computational vision. The projects in our lab can be divided into categories. The first includes studies of human perception and memory for faces. The second involves comparisons between humans and state-of-the-art machine-based face recognition systems. In the third category, we are conducting studies examining the neural representations that make human face recognition possible, using functional magnetic imaging tools.