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A visual processing advantage for young-adolescent deaf observers: Evidence from face and object matching tasks

Megreya, Ahmed M., Bindemann, Markus (2017) A visual processing advantage for young-adolescent deaf observers: Evidence from face and object matching tasks. Scientific Reports, 7 . pp. 1-6. ISSN 2045-2322. (doi:10.1038/srep41133)

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Abstract

It is unresolved whether the permanent auditory deprivation that deaf people experience leads to the enhanced visual processing of faces. The current study explored this question with a matching task in which observers searched for a target face among a concurrent lineup of ten faces. This was compared with a control task in which the same stimuli were presented upside down, to disrupt typical face processing, and an object matching task. A sample of young-adolescent deaf observers performed with higher accuracy than hearing controls across all of these tasks. These results clarify previous findings and provide evidence for a general visual processing advantage in deaf observers rather than a face-specific effect.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/srep41133
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 15:18 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 11:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59844 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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