School of Psychological Science

Face databases

Further information

The FaceLab

The FaceLab has permission to share the following databases.

Contact Professor Gill Rhodes to request permission before using any faces from these databases.

Caricature database

Consists of normal and perfectly symmetric versions of low-average (caricature), normal, and high-average (caricature) versions of faces (male and female) in both normal and perfect symmetry. 149 face stimuli in total.

149 facial stimuli [ZIP, 3.8 MB]
Updated 6 Sep 2012


These images are from Rhodes, G., Sumich, A., & Byatt, G. (1999). Are average facial configurations attractive only because of their symmetry? Psychological Science, 10, 52-58. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9280.00106.

Symmetry database

Consists of 23 faces (male and female) pictured in low, high, perfect symmetry as well as the veridical faces. 92 face stimuli in total.

SymFaces.zip [ZIP, 5.8 MB]
Updated 6 Sep 2012


These images are a selection from Rhodes, G., Proffitt, F., Grady, J.M., & Sumich, A. (1998). Facial symmetry and the perception of beauty. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 5, 659-669. DOI: 10.3758/BF03208842.

Sex-exaggeration database

Consists of a continuum of male and female faces (ambiguous through to supermale and superfemale) for Asian and Caucasian faces. 36 face stimuli in total.

These stimuli are from Rhodes, G., Hickford,C., & Jeffery, L. (2000). Sex typicality and attractiveness: Are supermale and superfemale faces super attractive? British Journal of Psychology, 91, 125-140. DOI: 10.1348/000712600161718.

Average database

Consists of 3 Caucasian face images: a male average, a female average, and a generic, androgynous average.

JOV2011Averages [ZIP, 1.2 MB]
Updated 28 Jan 2015


These stimuli are from Rhodes, G., Jacquet, E., Jeffery, L., Evangelista, E., Keane, J., & Calder, A. J. (2011). Sex-specific norms code face identity. Journal of Vision, 11(1), 1-11. DOI: 10.1167/11.1.1 (see Figure 2).

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