Superior face-recognition from vestibular stimulation.

Ulrich, Philip and Wilkinson, David T. and Johnston, Robert A. (2015) Superior face-recognition from vestibular stimulation. In: Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, 8th - 10th April 2015, Leeds, UK. (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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Abstract

The vestibular organs, providing the sense of balance and acceleration, have dense neuroanatomical connections. Stimulation of these organs elicits widespread changes in cortical blood flow, including regions active during face perception and recognition. Previous studies report improved face recognition in acquired prosopagnosia following vestibular stimulation and an enlarged N170 in healthy adults. The present study explores the effect of pioneering caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) in the behavioural performance of healthy adults during face recognition tasks. Sixty participants were asked to identify the nationality of celebrities in four testing sessions following an ABAB design. A significant main effect of stimulation demonstrated improved accuracy during those sessions with CVS. The findings have immediate real-world value in settings that require superior face recognition skills such as passport control and identity parades. The study also provides further evidence to the efficacy of vestibular stimulation in modulating cognitive processes.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: P.I.N. Ulrich
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2015 10:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51296 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ulrich, Philip: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1406-3323
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