Which face shapes are you better at recognizing? The horizontal axis now shows the differences between familiar and unfamiliar faces. Research suggests that people are faster at recognizing faces from their familiar social group. Do our Museum visitor data show this pattern?
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.