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Fortysomething: Recognizing faces at one's 25th reunion.

24-26 yrs after their high school graduation, 40 Ss (mean age 42.1 yrs) matched 40 photographs of former classmates taken from the high school yearbook with 40 current photographs of these same former classmates and current photographs of 20 other classmates and 20 40-yr-olds who were not classmates. Compared with 40 age-matched control Ss who had no prior familiarity with the persons depicted in the photographs, the former classmates were superior at matching the old and new photographs. Generally, same-orientation photographs (i.e., old and new photographs taken from the same side) were matched more accurately than different-orientation photographs. Prior familiarity, however, rendered the orientation factor unimportant. There appeared to be greater accuracy when Ss matched photographs of their own sex than when they matched photographs of the opposite sex. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)



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