Facial motor information is sufficient for identity recognition

Jonathan Vitale, Benjamin Johnston, Mary-Anne Williams

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Abstract

The face is a central communication channel providing information about the identities of our interaction partners and their potential mental states expressed by motor configurations. Although it is well known that infants ability to recognise people follows a developmental process, it is still an open question how face identity recognition skills can develop and, in particular, how facial expression and identity processing potentially interact during this developmental process. We propose that by acquiring information of the facial motor configuration observed from face stimuli encountered throughout development would be sufficient to develop a face-space representation. This representation encodes the observed face stimuli as points of a multidimensional psychological space able to assist facial identity and expression recognition. We validate our hypothesis through computational simulations and we suggest potential implications of this understanding with respect to the available findings in face processing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017)
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781510846616
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition, CogSci 2017 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 201729 Jul 2017

Conference

Conference39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Computational Foundations of Cognition, CogSci 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period26/07/1729/07/17

Keywords

  • face perception
  • face processing
  • face-space
  • face identity processing
  • face expression processing
  • mirroring

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