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PS4546: FACE RECOGNITION (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

Face processing underpins human social interaction, allowing us to recognise friends and avoid enemies, identify social groups, decode emotional messages and find romantic partners. Despite the advice not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, people also form judgements of a stranger’s attractiveness and character within seconds of seeing their face. This course will examine how these aspects of face processing relate to contemporary real-world topics, including the rise of facial AI.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Senior Lecturer Clare Sutherland

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Psychology (PS)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS4046 Face Recognition (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Face processing underpins human social interaction, allowing us to recognise friends and avoid enemies, identify social groups, decode emotional messages and find romantic partners. Despite the advice not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, people go further than these relatively objective judgements, and also form judgements of a stranger’s attractiveness and character within seconds of seeing their face, for example, by judging how trustworthy, powerful or competent they look. This course will examine these aspects of face processing and how they relate to contemporary real-world topics, including the rise of facial AI.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Meeting during University weeks 26, 30

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

 

Alternative Assessment

Discussion Board (20%)

Exam (80%)

Alternative Resit Arrangement

Coursework Resubmission

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandExplain the underlying mechanisms involved in recognising, perceiving and judging faces.
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate the key theories and debates in the face processing literature
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate research methods and experimental findings in the face processing literature.
ConceptualApplyApply face processing research to address real-world social issues.

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