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The utility of multiple synthesized views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces

Jones, Scott P., Dwyer, Dominic M. and Lewis, Michael B. 2017. The utility of multiple synthesized views in the recognition of unfamiliar faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology 70 (5) , pp. 906-918. 10.1080/17470218.2016.1158302

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The ability to recognise 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 prostheses 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 exposure of actual 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 synthesised views based on a single target image. In addition, our results suggest that the degree of advantage provided by synthesised views may be affected by the quality of synthesised material.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0144-8757
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 12 February 2016
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 14:15

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