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Children's perception of the Thatcher illusion: evidence for development in configural face processing

Children's perception of the Thatcher illusion: evidence for development in configural face processing
Children's perception of the Thatcher illusion: evidence for development in configural face processing
The present study reports the ability of young children to detect the Thatcher illusion. Participants were asked to detect the "unusual" face in a two-alternative forced-choice version of the Thatcher illusion with greyscale (Experiment 1) and monochrome "Mooney" face images (Experiment 2). The results of Experiment 1 showed that all groups of children could see the Thatcher illusion. When processing demands were increased (Experiment 2) sensitivity to the Thatcher task increased with age and was absent for 6-year-olds. The results are discussed in terms of differential task demands determining whether evidence for or against the development of configural face processing is found.
1350-6285
1001-1017
Donnelly, Nick
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Hadwin, Julie A.
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Donnelly, Nick
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Hadwin, Julie A.
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Donnelly, Nick and Hadwin, Julie A. (2003) Children's perception of the Thatcher illusion: evidence for development in configural face processing. Visual Cognition, 10 (8), 1001-1017. (doi:10.1080/13506280344000202).

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The present study reports the ability of young children to detect the Thatcher illusion. Participants were asked to detect the "unusual" face in a two-alternative forced-choice version of the Thatcher illusion with greyscale (Experiment 1) and monochrome "Mooney" face images (Experiment 2). The results of Experiment 1 showed that all groups of children could see the Thatcher illusion. When processing demands were increased (Experiment 2) sensitivity to the Thatcher task increased with age and was absent for 6-year-olds. The results are discussed in terms of differential task demands determining whether evidence for or against the development of configural face processing is found.

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Published date: 2003

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Local EPrints ID: 18509
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18509
ISSN: 1350-6285
PURE UUID: 5e051d81-cd21-4a1c-b8e8-45dce7b2094d

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Date deposited: 12 Dec 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:35

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