In no particular order....

(please note that you will probably need to seek permission to use these resources)

  • Stirling database: This is a big database with lots of stimuli and links to other databases.


  • Glasgow Face Database: Burton et al.'s
    Glasgow Face Matching Test (GFMT) and Glasgow Unfamiliar Face Database (GUFD) are now hosted in York in the York FaceVar Lab pages.


  • Tarr faces from the tarrlab at the Carnegie Mellon University. You can also try Face Place which contains multiple images of over 200 individuals of various races.


  • FAMED (Faces and Motion Exeter Database. This a database of  32 male actors in various formats (blurred, pixelated etc). 


  • NIST Color FERET from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):



  • Caucasian Faces - site and database was designed and maintained by Dr Libor Spacek at University of Essex.


  • Indian face database - a small but useful source of non-Caucasian faces run by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur).



  • Center for Vital Longevity's Face Database - has been setup by Meredith Minear and Denise Park at The Center for Vital Longevity Face Database , University of Michigan). There’s quite a range of stimuli here including different races, emotions and orientations.



  • The Belfast Natural Induced Emotion Database - from Sneddon, McRorie, McKeown & Hanratty at Queens University Belfast. The database contains video recordings of mild/moderate emotional responses to lab based emotion inducing tasks (the files are quite big).


  • Ebner faces MAX Plank Institute: Face database includes older faces and emotional faces.

FACES is a lifespan digital collection of adult emotional facial stimuli. It contains two sets of images of naturalistic faces of 171 women and men displaying each of 6 facial expressions: neutrality, sadness, disgust, fear, anger, and happiness. The specialty of this collection is that it comprises pictures of persons of three different age groups: young(n=58), middle-aged (n=56), and older (n=57)."

· Cite: Ebner, N., Riediger, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2010). FACES—A database of facial expressions in young, middle-aged, and older women and men: Development and validation.Behavior research Methods, 42, 351-362. doi:10.3758/BRM.42.1.351

  • The MR2, is a multi-racial, mega-resolution database of facial stimuli, that contains 74 full-colour images of men and women of European, African, and East Asian descent.Reference:

· Cite: Strohminger, N., Gray, K., Chituc, V., Heffner, J., Schein, C., and Heagins, T.B. (in press). The MR2: A multi-racial mega-resolution database of facial stimuli. Behavior Research Methods.



  • NimStim Face Stimulus SetSee:  Ellertsen, K., Marcus, D.J., Nelson, C.A. (April, 2002). Categorization of Facial Expressions in Children and Adults: Establishing a Larger Stimulus Set. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco). 


  • Face Research Lab London SetLisa DeBruine Benedict Jones. This is a set of neutral and smiling faces (102 adults: 1350x1350 pixels in full colour. Template files) to be used with Psychomorph or files contain “self-reported age, gender and ethnicity” and attractiveness ratings  are included in the file london_faces_info.csv. Attractiveness ratings (on a 1-7 scale) from 2513 raters  (ages 17-90)