How do we perceive faces? How can makeup change these impressions?
Richard Russell applies techniques and knowledge from the vision sciences to answer questions about how we perceive people. A major focus of his research is the development of a biologically based account of makeup and other techniques of personal decoration.
Facial Perception Research
People use facial contrast to decide the sex of a face and how masculine or feminine it is. Manipulating this facial contrast has opposite effects on male and female attractiveness.
Prosopagnosia (also called face blindness) is an impairment in the recognition of faces. Some people are the opposite of prosopagnosic, and have excellent face recognition ability.