All in the moustache…


English: Man with a moustache, Chambal, India....

English: Man with a moustache, Chambal, India. Français : Homme avec moustache, Chambal, Inde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’re the only eyewitness to a murder. The killer has vanished. In trying to track her down, the police come to you for help. At least according to detective novels, this is when a police artist sits down with you. Based on your descriptions of various facial features—her nose, her lips, her moustache, her chin—the artist comes up with a likeness.

How successful will this effort be? (All right, scratch the moustache). That depends on your ability to recall, separately and clearly, the features of someone you probably saw only briefly. Not easy. Think of the face of a good friend you meet every day. So what’s his nose like? Is it hooked? Straight? Flat? Wide? What about his chin, jaw, eyes?
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