The Perception of a Face Is No More Than the Sum of Its Parts -- How do we combine facial features to decide who the person is. Many current theories suggest that a holistic process operating on the relational properties of facial features distinguishes face processing from visual recognition of other types of objects. This article disputes this claim by comparing human performance recognizing faces to that of an optimal Bayesian integrator model that relies only on the individual features. Psychological Science March 5, 2012 0956797611427407