Socio-emotional functioning and face recognition ability in the normal population

Bate, Sarah, Parris, Benjamin, Haslam, Catherine and Kay, Janice (2010) Socio-emotional functioning and face recognition ability in the normal population. Personality and Individual Differences, 48 2: 239-242. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2009.10.005


Author Bate, Sarah
Parris, Benjamin
Haslam, Catherine
Kay, Janice
Title Socio-emotional functioning and face recognition ability in the normal population
Journal name Personality and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-8869
1873-3549
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2009.10.005
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 239
End page 242
Total pages 4
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Recent research indicates face recognition ability varies within the normal population. To date, two factors have been identified that influence this cognitive process: the age and gender of the perceiver. In this paper, we examine the influence of socio-emotional functioning on face recognition ability. We invited participants with high and low levels of empathy (as indicated by the Empathy Quotient) to take part in a face recognition test. Participants were asked to study a set of faces, and at test viewed the studied faces intermixed with novel faces. As predicted, high empaths achieved higher scores in the face recognition test compared to low empaths. This pattern of findings provides further evidence that face recognition ability varies within the normal population, and suggests socio-emotional functioning may be an additional factor that influences face recognition ability.
Keyword Face recognition
Empathy
Emotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 29 October 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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