Remember that Face

Most people can recognize hundreds of faces on sight. Contrary to a widely believed model, we do not accomplish this feat by "filing away" whole images, then later calling them up for comparison. Rather, our memory works well in remembering the general idea or "jist"of a face. Visitors at this exhibit look at ten faces that were created from a police Identakit. They thenare then presented with a series of five faces and asked if they were part of the orignial group were While most people remember quite accurately the ten faces from the original group, almost everyone makes one mistake. Most people feel that they have seen a face that was not one of the first ten faces. It is a composite of parts of faces seen before. The features have been blended to create a new face that seems familiar to most people.

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