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Face detection differs from categorization: Evidence from visual search in natural scenes

Bindemann, Markus and Lewis, Michael Bevan 2013. Face detection differs from categorization: Evidence from visual search in natural scenes. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 20 (6) , pp. 1140-1145. 10.3758/s13423-013-0445-9

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In this study, we examined whether the detection of frontal, ¾, and profile face views differs from their categorization as faces. In Experiment 1, we compared three tasks that required observers to determine the presence or absence of a face, but varied in the extents to which participants had to search for the faces in simple displays and in small or large scenes to make this decision. Performance was equivalent for all of the face views in simple displays and small scenes, but it was notably slower for profile views when this required the search for faces in extended scene displays. This search effect was confirmed in Experiment 2, in which we compared observers’ eye movements with their response times to faces in visual scenes. These results demonstrate that the categorization of faces at fixation is dissociable from the detection of faces in space. Consequently, we suggest that face detection should be studied with extended visual displays, such as natural scenes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1069-9384
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:38

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