Are females better at recognizing faces than males? The horizontal axis now shows sex. Research shows that females are more likely to recall both male and female faces. Do our Museum visitor data show a difference between the two groups?
A memory for faces
When you look at a face, your brain analyzes the shape of the face and the pattern of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Remembering a face is easier if the face shape is one that is common in your social group.
At face value
Facial shape recognition is based on the people in our familiar social group, which can depend on where we live. Race, ethnicity, age, and gender can also affect our ability to recognize faces of individuals.