Recognition of individual facial features as a basis for identification of the whole face



An experimental research of accuracy and quickness of an identification of the photographic image of a person on the basis of presentation of one of its parts (eyes, a nose, a mouth) is reported. The results have confirmed a hypothesis that the most informative and expressive part of the face in terms of its effective recognition (accuracy and speed) is the eyes area. During the experimental study it was also shown that the process of learning does not diminish the preference of the eyes area, and a significant impact of learning on the speed of face identification was found only in the first two of five of the experiments conducted.

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Keywords: human face, part of a face, identification, accuracy and speed of identification, learning

Journal rubric: Psychology of Perception

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Yushchenkova D.V., Meshcheryakov B.G. Recognition of individual facial features as a basis for identification of the whole face. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2010. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 84–92. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Daria V. Yushchenkova, PhD in Psychology, Associate professor of the Psychology Department, State University "Dubna", Dubna, Russia, e-mail:

Boris G. Meshcheryakov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychology, FSGN, State University “Dubna”, Dubna, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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