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To explore how familiarity can mediate or lessen a decrement in identification caused by inconsistent camera angle.

Fairbairn, Jade (2019) To explore how familiarity can mediate or lessen a decrement in identification caused by inconsistent camera angle. Edinburgh Napier University. (Unpublished)

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Previous studies of face identification and recognition have shown that recognition for familiar faces is highly accurate, and recognition for unfamiliar faces is highly error prone. In this study, a face memory task was used to investigate the influence of familiarity and camera angle on face identification. The study found that familiarity is influenced by camera angle but is most accurate at a camera angle of 85.7 inches. The study also found that camera angle influences identification of unfamiliar faces, with poor accuracy results being produced. Sensitivity is also affected by familiarity as individuals are able to discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar faces. Bias was found to have a low threshold for the medium camera angle, indicating that, more positive responses are made when targets are viewed from the medium camera angle. The results on familiarity are consistent with precious research that unfamiliar face matching is error prone across different viewing conditions. However, the findings of camera angle were not as predicted, and differ from previous findings.

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