Importance of Eyebrows in Face Recognition

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Cognitive psychologists are
very interested in how we recognise faces (here’s a previous entry on face
blindness). In their attempts to work out precisely how we manage this task
they’re always carrying out strange experiments. None stranger than this
article entitled: “The role of eyebrows in face recognition”.
research actually found that eyebrows are more important in face recognition
than the eyes. Plus they can make you look sexy:
“Practitioners in the field of
facial aesthetics, such as make-up artists and cosmetic surgeons, have long
appreciated the influence of eyebrows on attractiveness (eg Cosio and Robins
2000). During the 18th century, in fact, in Western Europe full eyebrows were
considered so essential to facial beauty that some upper-class women and
courtiers would affix mouse hide to their foreheads.”
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
You may laugh now, but you’ll
be taking it seriously when Naomi Campbell is striding down the catwalk with
two small fake-fur pelts dangling from her forehead.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.