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Age of acquisition in face categorisation: is there an instance-based account?

Lewis, Michael Bevan 1999. Age of acquisition in face categorisation: is there an instance-based account? Cognition 71 (1) , B23-B39. 10.1016/S0010-0277(99)00020-7

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An instance-based model of the effects of age of acquisition (AoA) is offered and derived predictions are considered. A face-categorisation experiment is reported which tested these predictions. Nine participants made speeded-categorisation judgements of 185 faces from two TV shows. Ratings were given for the faces' frequency of occurrence in the shows and, for each face, the length of time the character was in the show and the time since they had left was found. Regression analyses were used to find how the factors affected the speed of categorisation. Speed of categorisation was found to follow a negative power function of the frequency and time on the show and a positive power function of the time since they had left. This was supportive of the instance-based account and suggests that effects of AoA with words and objects can be explained in terms of cumulative frequency.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age of acquisition; Face categorisation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0010-0277
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:15

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