Masks mess with our brain’s ability to recognize faces, but research suggests there is a silver lining – CBC

Pandemic masks ‘like the biggest experiment in face perception that was ever done’: cognitive neuroscientist

 Feb 11, 2021

Nearly a year into the pandemic, remembering to grab your mask before walking out the door may be getting easier, but recognizing your neighbour, co-worker or third cousin when they’re wearing one can still be a bit of a challenge.

With so many people around the globe wearing masks regularly these days, “it’s like the biggest experiment in face perception that was ever done,” said Erez Freud, a cognitive neuroscientist at York University in Toronto.

Freud and his co-authors recently published a study that found the human ability to recognize a face is reduced by about 15 per cent if the person has a mask covering their nose and mouth.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/covid-masks-face-recognition-perception-1.5901300

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