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It’s written all over your face: The science of face perception

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12 November 2016
10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP

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ESRC Festival of Social Science logoYour face provides information about how you are feeling, your age, gender, and background. In addition, your face provides the most important cue to your identity. This is why bank robbers and super heroes wear masks!


In this event we explored the science of face perception, through interactive displays and hands-on activities. Psychologists from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University considered what makes a ‘super-recogniser’, why faces are attractive and how we identify known people. We demonstrated cutting-edge face animation work and look at how faces age. We also collected some ‘live’ data in a 5-minute experiment and members of the public were invited to contribute their views.



Contact: Dr Karen Lander (