The nose knows, er…I mean, you know noses

Okay here’s something just for fun from Scientific American Mind.

I KNOW THAT NOSE.

LOOK TO THE CENTER OF A FACE FOR FAMILIARITY.

By Kurt Kleiner

When you’re trying to recognize a face, the first thing

Can you recognize who this is?

Can you recognize who this is?

you look at is the nose–whether you know it or not. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, showed subjects faces on a computer screen and tracked their eye movements. They found that most people look first just to the left of the nose, then to the center of the nose, then to the eyes. The first look was enough for people to recognize a face more than half the time, the second look increased accuracy, but the tired did not–those two glances at the nose were enough. The researchers speculate that glancing at the center of the face makes it easiest to take in enough information about the whole face to enable recognition.

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5 responses to “The nose knows, er…I mean, you know noses

  1. Paula

    For some of us this is a very depressing thought …

  2. owen wilson. i love that nose. I love your nose too.
    what is said about mouths I wonder? any studies you can dig up on that? 🙂

  3. deb

    i agree about this being a depressing thought… 😉

    kidding – LOVE my Ellis nose!
    Is it true that your nose and your ears continue to grow throughout your lifetime?? I read that somewhere…

  4. I was only wondering about the mouth because Scott’s seems to be getting bigger each year.

  5. theformerfundie

    Funny, Trisha. Very funny.

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