Toronto: A new study finds that you may have more difficulty recognizing another person when you’re wearing a mask, even if the person you’re looking at isn’t wearing a mask.
Previous research has shown that adults and children have difficulty recognizing faces when faces are partially covered by masks, the way masks are worn during the coronavirus outbreak.
A series of experiments conducted in research conducted at the University of York shed light on how the ability of a masked person to convey their face is affected by whether or not the person being looked at is wearing a mask.
So, when the new forms of Omicron began to spread, the researchers said that when people started wearing masks, they shouldn’t be ashamed of having trouble recognizing their friends and co-workers.
Aris Freud, associate professor at the University of York and co-author of the study, said the scientists wanted to investigate the effects of mask wearing on facial recognition to see how the ability of mask wearers to relate to others changes.
In the research, I conducted four different experiments, where 80 participants were shown pictures of people wearing masks and not wearing masks. Some of the research participants were wearing masks while viewing the photo and others were not.
Aries Freud said that one reason for this may be that when people wear masks, they often think that others cannot identify them. Individuals who wear masks may believe their faces are less recognizable, which may reduce facial recognition capabilities.