More than facial recognition

What’s most interesting about the experiment is that the participants tended to believe, incorrectly, that they were primarily looking at the faces in the photos in order to identify the people they were looking at. Eye-tracking equipment revealed that that wasn’t the case: when they couldn’t get enough information from the faces in the photos, they were actually spending more time studying the people’s bodies. “People’s recognition strategies were inaccessible to their conscious awareness,” said lead researcher Allyson Rice.

http://www.psmag.com/science/body-cues-identify-people-faces-cant-67950/