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October 11th, 2002
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Recognition
I wonder exactly how we recognize people.

Last night, I recognized someone I had only met twice before, and I recognized her when she was too far away for me to really pick out any details. But my brain somehow knew for certain who it was less than a second after seeing her. It almost came at the same time as the knowledge that I was seeing someone. Something to do with an overall impression of shape/color/movement, or something.

Pretty neat.

I'll be majes knows something about this. It seems to be the kind of knowledge he would have.

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From:majes
Date:October 11th, 2002 07:20 am (UTC)
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Ok, so actually, yes, that is something with which I am familiar. I've read alot about this in regards to teaching computers how to recognize people by their faces. I recently watched a show about this that had John Cleese in it. It was called the human face. More info on that can be found here. Its a very interesting topic; strong evidence indicates that our ability to recognize others has little to do with exact recall, but rather with a culmination of exaggerated feature memory, mixed in with associated feelings, colors, experiences, and even smells. Our brain creates a complex linkage between all these things and by this is able to distinguish people very accurately in a fashion that is still far beyond the abilities of even the best existing computer programs.
From:elsiemonster
Date:October 19th, 2002 11:33 am (UTC)

"exaggerated feature memory" is key

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That's how memory works the strongest, when there's an exaggerated feature that sticks in your head. It works with items and studying, recalling names and such as well as faces.
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