Categorical perception of newly learned faces

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Five experiments investigated identification and discrimination of faces. Stimuli were blends of two faces generated with a morphing algorithm. Two same-gender and two different-gender pairs of faces were tested. Experiment 1 (identification) estimated the point of indifference along the morphing sequence, and the associated differential threshold. Experiment 2 (discrimination, ABX) demonstrated that novel faces are perceived categorically. Identity was a more important factor than gender in generating the perceptual categories. Experiment 3 and 4 (identification) demonstrated that categories are generated progressively in the course of the experiment and depend on the range of morphs tested in any one condition. Confidence ratings (Experiment 5) showed that the multidimensional space where faces are represented can be collapsed onto a single dimension. Response probabilities and response times for Experiments 1-4 were predicted simultaneously by a counting model postulating that quanta of discriminal information are sampled independently from the stimuli.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13506280600761134

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland,Laboratory of Action, Perception and Cognition, Faculty of Psychology, UHSR University, Milan, Italy 2: Laboratory of Action, Perception and Cognition, Faculty of Psychology, UHSR University, Milan, Italy

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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