Face Processing: Systems, Disorders and Cultural Differences

Markus Bindemann (Editor)
University of Kent, UK) and Ahmed M. Megreya (Qatar University, Qatar

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: SCI036000



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Face processing is now a mainstream, multi-faceted and global research field in psychology, and it is growing exponentially. The volume of emerging research necessitates continuous efforts to update our overall understanding of current theory. This book brings together contributions from face processing researchers around the world to provide up-to-date reviews of topics of great current interest. The book is partitioned to give insight into face processing systems, such as those employed to verify a person’s identity in applied security settings, the state-of-the-art systems utilized for the construction of criminal facial composites in police investigations, and the cognitive systems for the recognition of familiar faces and bodies; disorders, focusing on people with extremely high and extremely poor face processing ability, as well as face processing in autism spectrum disorder; and cultural differences, including the development of perceptual and social race biases, the impact of cultural headdress traditions and reading directions on face perception, cultural similarities and differences in the processing of facial expressions, as well as a broader look at ethnicity, gender and age biases in face processing. The outcome is a book that provides diverse, interesting, useful and thought-provoking chapters, covering a range of topics of current theoretical and applied importance, authored by a combination of internationally renowned and exciting upcoming researchers.


Chapter 1. Forensic Face Matching: A Review
Matthew C. Fysh and Markus Bindemann (School of Psychology, University of Kent, England, UK)

Chapter 2. Unfamiliar Face Matching Systems in Applied Settings
Alice Towler, Richard I. Kemp and David White (Department of Psychology, University of York, England, UK and others)

Chapter 3. Holistic Facial Composite Systems: Implementation and Evaluation
Josh P. Davis, Stuart J. Gibson and Christopher J. Solomon (Applied Psychology Research Group, University of Greenwich, England, UK and others)

Chapter 4. Facial Composite Systems: Production of an Identifiable Face
Charlie D. Frowd (School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, England, UK)

Chapter 5. How Many Faces Can We Remember? Why This Matters when Assessing Eyewitnesses
Alicia Nortje, Colin Tredoux and Annelies Vredeveldt (Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa and others)

Chapter 6. How Choice Blindness Can Help Us Understand Face Recognition
Anna Sagana and Melanie Sauerland (Section Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Chapter 7. Configural Processing and the Recognition of Familiar Faces
Adam Sandford (University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 8. Moving Faces and Moving Bodies: Behavioural and Neural Correlates of Person Recognition
Karen Lander and David Pitcher (Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, England, UK and others)

Chapter 9. Do You Look Where I Look? Moving Away from the Standard Gaze Cueing Paradigm
Frouke Hermens (Department of Psychology, University of Lincoln, England, UK)

Chapter 10. What is a Super-Recogniser?
Eilidh Noyes, P. Jonathon Phillips and Alice J. O’Toole (School of Behavioural and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, US and others)

Chapter 11. The Extremes of Face Recognition: Prosopagnosia and Super Recognition
Sarah Bate and Ebony Murray (Department of Psychology, Bournemouth University, England, UK)

Chapter 12. Face Learning: Experience-Based Specialization of the Social Brain in Autism
Sara J. Webb, Emily J. H. Jones, Emily Neuhaus and Susan Faja (Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center on Child Health, Behavior and Development, WA, US and others)

Chapter 13. A Multi-Sensory System for Self-Face Learning
Alejandro J. Estudillo and Markus Bindemann (School of Psychology, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Malaysia and others)

Chapter 14. Children’s Face Identification Ability
Catriona Havard (School of Psychology, The Open University, England, UK)

Chapter 15. Processing of Face Race in Infants: Development of Perceptual and Social Biases
Naiqi G. Xiao, Paul C. Quinn, Kang Lee and Olivier Pascalis (Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, US and others)

Chapter 16. Culture Shapes Face Perception: Comparisons of Egypt and the UK
Ahmed M. Megreya and Markus Bindemann (Department of Psychological Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar and others)

Chapter 17. Cross-Cultural Similarities and Differences in the Perception and Recognition of Facial Expressions
Xiaoqian Yan, Andrew W. Young and Timothy J. Andrew (

Department of Psychology, University of York, England, UK)

Chapter 18. The Role of Face Gender in the Processing of Facial Expressions of Emotion
Alisdair Taylor (Human Vision and Eye Movement Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 19. The Own-Group Biases in Face Recognition: One Theory to Explain Them All?
Peter J. Hills and Ashakee Mahabeer (Department of Psychology, Bournemouth University, England, UK)

About the Editors


“An excellent review of recent developments in the fast moving field of face processing. It is impressive both in its breath and its insights.” - Dr. Michael Lewis, Reader in Psychology, Cardiff University, Wales

“This book provides an engaging and comprehensive review of the mechanisms behind face processing, how such systems are affected by cultural differences and the selective enhancement and disruption of face processing. Written by world leading experts, it is an enjoyable read that will appeal to both those new to the field and individuals already familiar with the area.” - Dr. Chris Longmore, Lecturer in Psychology, Plymouth University, England

“This provides excellent, comprehensive and clearly written coverage of the key issues in face perception, including forensic eyewitness identification, face learning and disorders of face processing. It also offers a timely consideration of the influence of culture and the role of individual differences in face processing. It should be of great interest to face perception researchers and their students.” - Dr. Lesley Calderwood, Lecturer in Psychology, University of the West of Scotland

“Faces are fascinating, and so is this book. I am genuinely excited by this book! This book brings together the very latest thinking in the field of face perception from leading researchers around the world. A broad array of topics is included, addressing topics such as how people recognize familiar and unfamiliar faces (and bodies); why some people are better, or worse, than others at recognizing faces; and cultural differences that affect facial identity and emotion recognition. It also comprehensively examines more applied questions, such as how to identify criminals and factor affecting eyewitness memory, in both children and adults.” - Dr. Romina Palermo, Associate Professor in Psychology, The University of Western Australia

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