Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Face recognition

According to studies, face recoginition is embedded in our genes. Newborn babies like to do it as well. What's more interesting is that they prefer to look at attractive faces.

He suggests the reason for this preference is simple - pretty people actually have the prototype of a human face. Researchers have long noted that by melding together hundreds of faces, a statistical average of facial characteristics is reached that happens to be incredibly attractive.
In a baby's mind, these beautiful faces may represent the stereotypical human face, says Slater, which they have evolved to recognise. Such built-in information helps babies learn quickly including the ability to pair faces with sounds like voices.


This 'average is attractive' thing makes a lot of sense to me. But as Mind Hack's Vaughan reminds us:

The excuse "Sorry honey, I was just looking to see if their face matched my genetic template of innate face shapes" is of course unlikely to get you out of trouble, regardless of your ability to describe the science behind it.

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Blogger nomadichermit said...

on a bit of tangent here, but:

a few years ago, in korea, this mtv-type show did this thing where they took a facial feature from a korean celebrity that was famous for that feature and put them all on one face and photoshopped it so it all blended together (skin tones and stuff). a perfect nose here, perfect face shape there. the result? someone that looked rather not attractive at all.

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Blogger nomadichermit said...

on a bit of tangent here, but:

a few years ago, in korea, this mtv-type show did this thing where they took a facial feature from a korean celebrity that was famous for that feature and put them all on one face and photoshopped it so it all blended together (skin tones and stuff). a perfect nose here, perfect face shape there. the result? someone that looked rather not attractive at all.

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