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socially disconnected
2014-09-10 02:30:49

Anna Mikulak, Association for Psychological Science Feeling socially disconnected may lead us to lower our threshold for determining that another being is animate or alive, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “This increased sensitivity to animacy suggests that people are casting a wide net when looking for people they can possibly relate to — which may ultimately help them maximize opportunities to...

Face Recognition Technology May Put An End To Forgotten Passwords
2014-06-24 09:32:34

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is that old saying "I never forget a face," and that is why face recognition technology could be the basis for the future of passwords. Dubbed "Facelock," this concept could put an end to forgotten passwords. Unlike faces, passwords can be unfortunately easy to forget, and are thus a serious problem for users as well as IT managers, who must deal with the issue when someone "can't remember their password." Passwords in general...

The Most Social Monkeys Have The Most Distinct Facial Features
2013-11-20 15:05:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study of Old World monkeys, published in the journal Nature Communications, has suggested that they rely on facial features to recognize each other, particularly for those primates living in larger groups. The new report comes from the same UCLA biologists that released a similar analysis of the faces of nearly 130 New World monkeys from Central and South America in 2012. "Humans are crazy for Facebook, but our research...

2013-11-13 13:58:11

Why does it take longer to recognize a familiar face when seen in an unfamiliar setting, like seeing a work colleague when on holiday? A new study published today in Nature Communications has found that part of the reason comes down to the processes that our brain performs when learning and recognizing faces. During the experiment, participants were shown faces of people that they had never seen before, while lying inside an MRI scanner in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway...

Kids Trust Attractive Faces
2013-10-28 13:46:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kids tend to put more trust into adults who are attractive, according to a new study published in the British Journal Of Developmental Psychology. The study discovered children are more likely to trust good-looking adults rather than unattractive ones. Researchers found children between the ages of four and five were a little superficial when determining whether or not to trust what an adult was telling them. "When learning about...

2013-10-08 10:15:02

Researchers Find People Use Body Cues to Accurately Identify People Even When Faces are Obscured Subtle body cues allow people to identify others with surprising accuracy when faces are difficult to differentiate. This skill may help researchers improve person-recognition software and expand their understanding of how humans recognize each other. A study published in Psychological Science by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that humans rely on non-facial...

It's Easier To Read Body Language Than Facial Expressions
2012-11-30 14:41:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Conventional wisdom, and current theoretical models, indicates that one can examine another's facial expressions to judge if they have just hit the jackpot or lost everything in the stock market. A new study, however, says this just isn't the way it works. A research team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, New York University and Princeton University found that body language, rather than facial expressions, provides a...

2012-03-19 19:13:45

A team of researchers that includes a USC scientist has methodically demonstrated that a face's features or constituents — more than the face per se — are the key to recognizing a person. Their study, which goes against the common belief that brains process faces "holistically," appears this month in Psychological Science. In addition to shedding light on the way the brain functions, these results may help scientists understand rare facial recognition disorders. Humans...

Scientists Find How Our Brains Recognize Faces
2012-01-10 12:43:24

A new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shines new light on how the human brain can recognize faces, as well as how it can discern actual faces from face-like images or objects. According to an MIT press release, our minds are often able to see things that resemble faces, such as the New Hampshire's "Old Man of the Mountain." Yet at the same time, rarely do we have difficulty telling the difference between these and actual faces, and Professor of Brain and Cognitive...

2012-01-04 08:53:42

Complementary image processing in the cerebral hemispheres The left brain/right brain dichotomy has been prominent on the pop psychology scene since Nobel Laureate Roger Sperry broached the subject in the 1960s. The left is analytical while the right is creative, so goes the adage. And then there is the quasi-scientific obsession with "the face." Facial recognition technology and facial microexpressions are the stuff of television crime dramas, such as Person of Interest and Lie to Me....


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