Pigeon Study Shows Some Features of Human Face Perception Are Not Uniquely Human

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 12:00am

When it comes to picking a face out of a police lineup, would you guess that you would use some of the same processes a pigeon might use?

If you said "yes," then you're right.

A study published by two University of Iowa researchers in the March 31 issue of the Journal of Vision found that pigeons recognize a human face's identity and emotional expression in much the same way as people do.

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Edward A. Wasserman
Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
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The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

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