Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ABSTRACT: Facial Recognition

Our minds are on auto pilot when it comes to simple tasks like talking on the phone, listening to a friend, or recognizing people. However,whenever these actions occur, our minds carry out seemingly meaningless yet incomprehensible procedures. Our objective in this project is to develop a greater understanding of the perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills which are employed in the “simple task” of facial recognition. By manipulating and moving photos of faces and bodies, and by tracking how the observer visually evaluates a face, locking it into memory, we will determine what aspects of the face are used in recognition. Further, by taking away aspects of the face, such as the eyes, nose or mouth, we will determine if the person is still identifiable. Other variables such as environment, circumstance, and duration will also be investigated. Once this data is collected and statistically evaluated, we will devise an interactive exhibit that could be on display at Imagine RIT. With a better understanding of the brain and the deductive skills that go with the process of facial recognition, we will be capable of assisting in many areas of research. By understanding human recognition patterns, it could be possible to legitimize aspects of eye witness testimonies or even develop better ways to deal with neurological and developmental illnesses or disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Prosopagnosia (face blindness).

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