Face distortion aftereffects in personally familiar, famous, and unfamiliar faces.

Walton, Billy Ronald Peter and Hills, Peter James (2012) Face distortion aftereffects in personally familiar, famous, and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

The internal face prototype is thought to be a construction of the average of every previously viewed face (Schwaninger et al., 2003). However, the influence of the most frequently encountered faces (i.e., personally familiar faces) has been generally understated. The current research explored the face distortion aftereffect in unfamiliar, famous, and personally familiar (each subject’s parent) faces. Forty-eight adult participants reported whether faces were distorted or not (distorted by shifting the eyes in the vertical axis) of a series of images that included unfamiliar, famous, and personally familiar faces. The number of faces perceived to be “odd” was measured pre- and post-adaptation to the most extreme distortion. Participants were adapted to either an unfamiliar, famous, or personally familiar face. The results indicate that adaptation transferred from unfamiliar faces to personally familiar faces more so than the converse and aftereffects did not transfer from famous faces to unfamiliar faces. These results are indicative of representation differences between unfamiliar, famous, and personally familiar faces, whereby personally familiar faces share representations of both unfamiliar and famous faces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Walton, B.R.P. and Hills, P.J. 2012. Face distortion aftereffects in personally familiar, famous, and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 3 (258)..
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 13:59
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:52
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/332754

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