Psychology Prof. Richard Russell reveals a new sign of aging in perception research

Russell collaborated with researchers from CE.R.I.E.S., a department of Chanel Research & Technology dedicated to skin related issues and facial appearance

The contrasting nature of facial features is one of the signals that people unconsciously use to decipher how old someone looks, says Psychology Prof. Richard Russell, who has been collaborating with researchers from CE.R.I.E.S. (Epidermal and Sensory Research and Investigation Center), a department of Chanel Research and Technology dedicated to skin related issues and facial appearance.

“Unlike with wrinkles, none of us are consciously aware that we're using this cue, even though it stares us in the face every day,” said Russell.

The discovery of this cue to facial age perception may partly explain why cosmetics are worn the way they are, and it lends more evidence to the idea that makeup use reflects our biological as well as our cultural heritage, according to Russell.

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