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Facial Recognition

  1. Jamal K. Mansour,
  2. Roderick C. Lindsay

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0342

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Mansour, J. K. and Lindsay, R. C. 2010. Facial Recognition. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Facial recognition refers to our ability to indicate whether we have previously seen a face. This process involves perceptual, cognitive, and social components. We rely on our facial recognition system for mundane things such as recognizing acquaintances and more infrequent tasks such as identifying criminals from lineups.


  • face perception;
  • cognitive processes;
  • models of face recognition