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Face detection dissociates from face identification

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JournalVISUAL COGNITION
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Apr 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2017
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2017
Issue number7-8
Volume25
Pages (from-to)740-748
Early online date2/06/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We describe three experiments in which viewers complete face detection tasks as well as standard measures of unfamiliar face identification. In the first two studies, participants view pareidolic images of objects (Experiment 1) or cloud scenes (Experiment 2), and their propensity to see faces in these scenes is measured. In neither case is performance significantly associated with identification, as measured by the Cambridge Face Memory or Glasgow Face Matching Tests. In Experiment 3 we show participants real faces in cluttered scenes. Viewers’ ability to detect these faces is unrelated to their identification performance. We conclude that face detection dissociates from face identification.

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