In the 25 years or so that I have been studying aspects of face perception, the face has moved from being an idiosyncratic and marginal topic of investigation for the perceptual psychologist interested in pattern processing, to something of central importance for a range of psychologists interested in perception, cognition, cognitive neurosciences, and cognitive science1. The total number of articles which matched the search keys “face” and “perception” in the SCI/SSCI indexes for the 3-year period 1982 through 1984 was just four; for the 3-year period to the end of 1999 it was 4032. In this review I will highlight some of the important developments in face perception over this period of time.