The present experiment examines facial recognition memory over a short timeframe for faces with and without masks to determine if wearing face masks affects facial recognition memory. Participants first studied a group of faces (with and without masks). The participants then performed a facial recognition memory test on a larger group of faces (with and without masks) and were asked if they saw the presented face in the previously studied list. Results revealed that if the face was studied with a mask, it was more accurately recognized if it was presented with a mask at the test than without a mask. This effect was not found if the participants first studied a face without a mask. A higher false alarm rate was found for new faces with masks presented in the test phase compared to those without masks. These findings help provide initial evidence for the context memory effect of wearing face masks on facial recognition memory ability.
Corrente, Paul Michael Jr.
"Facial Recognition Memory with Face Masks,"
Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 5, Article 4.
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