The effect of surgical face masks on human face matching abilities
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Description: The overarching aim of the current project is to systematically document the effect that surgical face masks have on human performance in perceptual face matching tasks. We will investigate whether surgical face masks impair human face matching performance, whether performance differs when one face in each pair is masked compared to both faces being masked, and whether any impairment matching unfamiliar faces extends to familiar faces. Finally, we will also investigate whether occluding the lower half of the face with a surgical face mask will affect the performance of a state-of-the-art face recognition system.