publication . Article . 2008

Revisiting the role of spatial frequencies in the holistic processing of faces.

Thomas Palmeri; Isabel Gauthier; Jenn Richler;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Dec 2008 Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, volume 34, pages 1,327-1,336 (issn: 0096-1523, eissn: 1939-1277, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
V. Goffaux and B. Rossion (2006) argued that holistic processing of faces is largely supported by low spatial frequencies (LSFs) but less so by high spatial frequencies (HSFs). We addressed this claim using a sequential matching task with face composites. Observers judged whether the top halves of aligned or misaligned composites were identical. We replicated the V. Goffaux and B. Rossion (2006) results, finding a greater alignment effect in accuracy for LSF compared with HSF faces on same trials. However, there was also a greater bias for responding "same" for HSF compared with LSF faces, indicating that the alignment effects arose from differential response bi...
free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Behavioral Neuroscience
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