Interactions between identity specific and visually derived semantic codes in face processing

Rogers, R. and Johnston, Robert A. (2008) Interactions between identity specific and visually derived semantic codes in face processing. In: 49th Annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November 13th - 16th, 2008, Chicago, USA. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Contemporary models of face recognition distinguish two sorts of semantic information available from a face: identity-specific semantic codes and visually-derived semantic codes (Bruce & Young, 1986). Access to the former (e.g., biographical information) has been extensively investigated, but the latter have mainly been used as marker variables for examining other aspects of face recognition (e.g., attractiveness, distinctiveness. masculinity/femininity). It is usually assumed these attributes are invariant. This may be true for unfamiliar faces, but in experiments employing familiar faces perception of these characteristics may vary with participants’ knowledge of the stimuli. In a series of experiments, participants were familiarised with attributes of previously unfamiliar people and then required to make ratings of various physical characteristics. The findings reveal a complex inter-relationship between facts known about a person and the derivation of visually derived codes from their face. The implications for employing these variables in face processing experiments are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Robert Johnston
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 10:27
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 15:41
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