Original paper

Changes in selected features of a male face and assessment of their influence on facial recognition

Lewandowski, Zdzisław

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 68 No. 3 (2011), p. 323 - 337

published: Jul 1, 2011

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2011/0070

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The project aimed at finding the answers to the following two research questions: - To what extent does a change in size, height or width of the selected face feature influence the assessment of likeness between an original composite portrait and a modified one? - How does the sex of a person who judges the images have an impact on the perception of likeness of the face features? The results indicate that there are significant differences in the assessment of likeness of the portraits with some features modified to the original ones. The images with changes in size and height of the nose received the lowest scores on the likeness scale, which indicates that these changes were perceived by the subjects as the most important. The photos with changes in height and width of the lips, and height and width of the eye slit, in turn, received high scores of likeness, in spite of big changes. This signifies that these modifications were perceived to be of the least importance (compared to the other features investigated).