Exploring Levels of Face Familiarity by Using an Indirect Face-Matching Measure

Clutterbuck, Ruth and Johnston, Robert A. (2002) Exploring Levels of Face Familiarity by Using an Indirect Face-Matching Measure. Perception, 31 (8). pp. 985-994. ISSN 0301-0066. (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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An experiment is reported in which participants matched complete images of unfamiliar, moderately familiar, and highly familiar faces with simultaneously presented images of internal and external features. Participants had to decide if the two images depicted same or different individuals. Matches to internal features were made faster to highly familiar faces than both to moderately familiar and to unfamiliar faces, and matches to moderately familiar faces were made faster than to unfamiliar faces. For external feature matches, this advantage was only found for "different" decision matches to highly familiar faces compared to unfamiliar faces. The results indicate that the differences in familiar and unfamiliar face processing are not the result of all-or-none effects, but seem to have a graded impact on matching performance. These findings extend the earlier work of Young et al (1985 Perception 14 737-746), and we discuss the possibility of using the matching task as an indirect measure of face familiarity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2008 09:15
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 15:39
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4179 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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