Jones, S.P, Dwyer, D.M and Lewis, M.B (2016) 'The utility of multiple synthesised views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces.' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1747-0218

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The ability to recognize an unfamiliar individual on the basis of prior exposure to a photograph is notoriously poor and prone to errors, but recognition accuracy is improved when multiple photographs are available. In applied situations, when only limited real images are available (e.g., from a mugshot or CCTV image), the generation of new images might provide a technological prosthesis for otherwise fallible human recognition. We report two experiments examining the effects of providing computer-generated additional views of a target face. In Experiment 1, provision of computer-generated views supported better target face recognition than exposure to the target image alone and equivalent performance to that for exposure of multiple photograph views. Experiment 2 replicated the advantage of providing generated views, but also indicated an advantage for multiple viewings of the single target photograph. These results strengthen the claim that identifying a target face can be improved by providing multiple synthesized views based on a single target image. In addition, our results suggest that the degree of advantage provided by synthesized views may be affected by the quality of synthesized material.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: face recognition, multiple exposures, 3D faces, face synthesis,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 14:22
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 08:40
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