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Superportraits: Caricatures and Recognition
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Gillian Rhodes
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Superportraits: Caricatures and Recognition

Gillian Rhodes


Psychology Press Ltd

Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology;
Cognition & cognitive psychology;
Animal behaviour;
Pattern recognition;
Computer vision


184 pages

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Despite their exaggerated features, caricatures can remain instantly recognizable. They can even be superportraits, with the paradoxical quality of being more like the face than the face itself. How can we recognize such distorted images? Do caricatures derive their power from some special property of a face recognition system or from some more general property of recognition systems? What kind of mental representations and recognition processes make caricatures so effective? What can the power of caricatures tell us about recognition? In seeking to answer these questions, the author assembles clues from a variety of sources: the invention and development of caricatures by artists; the exploitation of extreme signals in animal communication systems; and studies of how humans, other animals and connectionist recognition systems respond to caricatures. Several conclusions emerge. The power of caricatures is ubiquitous. Caricatures can be superportraits for humans, other animals and computer recognition systems. They are effective for a variety of stimuli, not just faces. They are effective whether objects are mentally represented as deviations from a norm or average member of the class, or as absolute feature values on a set of dimensions. Exaggeration of crucial norm-deviation features, distinctiveness, and resemblance to caricature memory are all potential sources of the power of caricatures. This book should interest students of cognitive psychology, perception, the visual arts and animal behaviour.

By:   Gillian Rhodes
Imprint:   Psychology Press Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   annotated edition
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9780863773983
ISBN 10:   0863773982
Series:   Essays in Cognitive Psychology
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   February 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction. The Nature of Caricature. Caricatures by Computer. Peacock's Tails and other Natural Caricatures. The Power of Extremes. The Psychology of Caricatures. Caricatures and Face Recognition. The View from Here.

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