Recognizing faces is important when interacting with others or even when tracking characters in a movie or television series. First impressions (nice or mean?) guide our behaviour towards others.
This webinar hosted on April 29, 2021, presented by Brock University’s Dr. Cathy Mondloch and students, explored some fascinating questions about face perception:
- How does our ability to recognize faces change across the lifespan?
- How do first impressions of child and older adult faces influence our behaviour towards them?
- Why should you carefully consider which photo to post on social media or on a job application?
Please note that this webinar does not recommend any specific resource and/or treatment options, nor is it intended to provide individual advice. Individuals should consult with their healthcare team/treatment provider for all healthcare recommendations and decisions.
Watch the recording of the webinar here:
Here are some relevant references for the presentation:
Antonakis, J., & Dalgas, O. (2009). Predicting elections: Child’s play! Science, 323, 1183. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1167748
Bagnis, A., Caffo, E., Cipolli, C., De Palma, A., Farina, G., & Mattarozzi, K. (2020). Judging health care pirority in emergency situations: Patient facial appearance matters. Social Science & Medicine, 260, 113180-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113180
Collova, J. R., Sutherland, C. A., & Rhodes, G. (2019). Testing the functional basis of first impressions: Dimensions for children’s faces are not the same as for adults’ faces. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117(5), 900-924. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000167
Jenkins, R., White, D., Van Montfort, X., & Burton, A. M. (2011). Variability in photos of the same face. Cognition, 121, 313–323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2011.08.001
Laurence, S., & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). That’s my teacher! Children’s ability to recognize personally familiar and unfamiliar faces improves with age. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 143, 123-138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2015.09.030
Laurence, S., Zhou, X., & Mondloch, C. J. (2016). The flip side of the other‐race coin: They all look different to me. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 374-388. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12147
Matthews, C. M., Davis, E. E., & Mondloch, C. J. (2018). Getting to know you: The development of mechanisms underlying face learning, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 295-313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2017.10.012
Matthews, C.M., & Mondloch, C.J. Learning faces from variability: Four- and five-year-olds differ from older children and adults. (Submitted to Journal of Experimental Child Psychology).
Oosterhof, N. N. & Alexander Todorov. (2008). The functional basis of face evaluation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105(32), 11087–11092. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0805664105
Todorov, A., Mandisodza, A. N., Goren, A., & Hall, C. C. (2005). Inferences of competence from faces predict election outcomes. Science, 308(5728), 1623–1626. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1110589
Wilson, J. P., & Rule, N. O. (2015). Facial trustworthiness predicts extreme criminal-sentencing outcomes. Psychological Science, 26(8), 1325–1331. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797615590992
Dr. Cathy Mondloch, Professor, Department of Psychology, Brock University
Claire Matthews, PhD student under Dr. Cathy Mondloch, Department of Psychology, Brock University
Anita Twele, MA student under Dr. Cathy Mondloch, Department of Psychology, Brock University
Sophia Thierry, MA student under Dr. Cathy Mondloch, Department of Psychology, Brock University