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Multiple repetition priming of faces: Massed and spaced presentations

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Previously viewing a face typically leads to a decrease in the amount of time taken to later identify it (“repetition priming”). Five repetition priming experiments are reported, which investigate whether multiple presentations of a face increase the amount of repetition priming. The results demonstrate similar amounts of priming from massed multiple presentations of the same face or a series of different images (freeze frames selected from a moving clip and presented in sequence), compared with a single unchanging presentation (Experiments 1 and 2). This is true even when different images are presented at prime and test (Experiment 3). However when multiple presentations were presented in a spaced fashion, with one or more intervening items between each repeat, there was significantly more priming in the multiple than single presentation condition (Experiment 4). This was true even when the face was named only once in both the multiple and single spaced conditions (Experiment 5). The results are discussed in relation to face motion.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK 2: College of Humanities and Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK 3: Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK

Publication date: 2008-02-01

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