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Individual differences in visual acuity and face matching ability

Fox, Emily, Bindemann, Markus (2020) Individual differences in visual acuity and face matching ability. Applied Cognitive Psychology, . ISSN 0888-4080. (doi:10.1002/acp.3682) (KAR id:81744)

Abstract

The visual acuity of the eyes varies outside the range of normal vision, requiring corrective lenses, but also within the normal range. This study investigated whether both types of variation relate to individual differences in face‐identity matching, considering this applied task requires perception of detail. Across two experiments, face‐matching accuracy correlated with variation in acuity when this fell outside the normal range of vision and was uncorrected with glasses or contact lenses. In contrast, variation in visual acuity within the normal range did not affect face‐matching accuracy, whereas matching accuracy at a given level of acuity could vary substantially. These results indicate that visual acuity is only a problem for occupations performing face‐identity matching when below‐normal acuity is not diagnosed or adequately corrected. In turn, these findings suggest that variation in acuity within the normal range is not a contributing factor to individual differences in face matching accuracy.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/acp.3682
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 09:46 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 09:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/81744 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bindemann, Markus: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9608-4186
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