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The mental representations of faces and houses: Issues concerning parts and wholes

The mental representations of faces and houses: Issues concerning parts and wholes
The mental representations of faces and houses: Issues concerning parts and wholes
We explore the integration of facial features and house parts to form holistic representations of complete objects. In Experiments 1, 2, and 3, we test for evidence of the holistic representation of houses and faces. We do so by testing for a complete over part probe advantage (CPA) in 2AFC recognition and matching tasks. We present evidence consistent with holistic features being represented for both types of stimuli. In Experiments 4 and 5, we examine further theeffect with faces. Experiment 4 shows thatfacial features used in the matching task contribute differentially to CPAs across varying probe delays but with a similar pattern to that found in the recognition task (Experiment 1). Experiment5 shows thatCPAs are mandatory and cannot be removed by precueing with the probe type or the name of the feature to be probed.
1350-6285
319-344
Donnelly, Nick
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Davidoff, Jules
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Donnelly, Nick
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Davidoff, Jules
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Donnelly, Nick and Davidoff, Jules (1999) The mental representations of faces and houses: Issues concerning parts and wholes. Visual Cognition, 6 (3-4), 319-344. (doi:10.1080/135062899395000).

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We explore the integration of facial features and house parts to form holistic representations of complete objects. In Experiments 1, 2, and 3, we test for evidence of the holistic representation of houses and faces. We do so by testing for a complete over part probe advantage (CPA) in 2AFC recognition and matching tasks. We present evidence consistent with holistic features being represented for both types of stimuli. In Experiments 4 and 5, we examine further theeffect with faces. Experiment 4 shows thatfacial features used in the matching task contribute differentially to CPAs across varying probe delays but with a similar pattern to that found in the recognition task (Experiment 1). Experiment5 shows thatCPAs are mandatory and cannot be removed by precueing with the probe type or the name of the feature to be probed.

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Published date: 1999

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Local EPrints ID: 18513
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18513
ISSN: 1350-6285
PURE UUID: f91bf7ce-c164-40e1-88fb-be2e2456719f

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Date deposited: 12 Dec 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:28

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Author: Nick Donnelly
Author: Jules Davidoff

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