The effect of occlusion on the perception and recognition of the identity of the person depicted in the portrait



This article is devoted to the study of the problem of the influence of occlusion of a particular part of the face on the perception of individual psychological characteristics of the person and his or her age. The findings of the experiment are consistent with the results of previous studies of the perception of human facial expressions on its separate fragments (Artemtseva, 2003; Barabanschikov, Boldyrev, 2007; Barabanschikov, Zhegallo, 2013), received on a different perceptual material – photographic images. We also consider the specificity of perception of the face of the person depicted in the portrait and discuss the similarities and differences between data obtained in our experiment and data obtained on different experimental stimulus material.

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Keywords: perception of the person depicted in the portrait; perception of the expression of the whole and fragmentary face; occlusion of the upper and lower part of a face; individual psychological characteristics of a person; effectiveness of identification of personality traits recognition, carried out on the basis of semantic description; evaluation of individual psychological characteristics under conditions of perception of the whole and fragmentary face

Journal rubric: Psychology of Perception

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Lupenko E.A. The effect of occlusion on the perception and recognition of the identity of the person depicted in the portrait. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2014. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 44–55. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena A. Lupenko, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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