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Can caricatures really produce distinctiveness effects?

Stevenage, Sarah V. (1995) Can caricatures really produce distinctiveness effects? British Journal of Psychology, 86, pp. 127-146.

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It has been shown that humans can remember faces of school mates over an interval of as long as 30 years (Bahrick, Bahrick & Wittlenger, 1975). One thing that may be crucial to the development of such a face capacity is the ability to encode the distinctive elements of a face. That is, the ability to identify the information that distinguishes a target face from some notion of an average face or central tendency. Distinctiveness has a well-documented effect on the ease with which a face is processed. Using faces that vary naturally in distinctiveness, it has been shown that the more atypical a face is the more likely it is to be correctly identified and the less likely it is to be mistakenly identified (Bartlett, Hurry & Thorley, 1984; Goldstein & Chance, 1981; Light, Kayra-Stuart & Hollander, 1979; Shepherd, Gibling & Ellis, 1991; Valentine & Bruce, 1986a; Winograd, 1981). Facial distinctiveness appears to confer a recognition advantage in such face recognition tasks.

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Published date: 1995


Local EPrints ID: 18618
ISSN: 0007-1269
PURE UUID: 5e649b77-aff3-4094-9c2c-1ca0a1adb4b1
ORCID for Sarah V. Stevenage: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:35

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