chapter  1
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Quantitative Models of Perceiving and Remembering Faces: Precedents and Possibilities

The purpose of this initial chapter is to provide a general sketch of the problems that must be addressed in quantifying the representations and processes involved in converting an image of a face into a meaningful cognitive object. Our approach is to define a structural model of the process components and to point out implicit connections among the logical, computational, and psychological pieces of the problem. We consider especially potential connections among computational, psychophysical, and traditional information processing approaches that have not been made explicit in the literature. In this way, we hope to help readers organize the chapters that follow into the mutually supportive component parts of a complicated, multifaceted, but (we believe) ultimately tractable problem.