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Why does picture-plane inversion sometimes dissociate perception of features and spacing in faces, and sometimes not? Toward a new theory of holistic processing

McKone, Elinor; Yovel, Galit

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Classically, it has been presumed that picture-plane inversion primarily reduces sensitivity to spacing/ configural information in faces (distance between location of the major features) and has little effect on sensitivity to local feature information (e.g., eye shape or color). Here, we review 22 published studies relevant to this claim. Data show that the feature inversion effect varied substantially across studies as a function of the following factors: whether the feature change was shape...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcKone, Elinor
dc.contributor.authorYovel, Galit
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:43:01Z
dc.date.available2015-12-08T22:43:01Z
dc.identifier.issn1069-9384
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37102
dc.description.abstractClassically, it has been presumed that picture-plane inversion primarily reduces sensitivity to spacing/ configural information in faces (distance between location of the major features) and has little effect on sensitivity to local feature information (e.g., eye shape or color). Here, we review 22 published studies relevant to this claim. Data show that the feature inversion effect varied substantially across studies as a function of the following factors: whether the feature change was shape only or included color/brightness, the number of faces in the stimulus set, and whether the feature was in facial context. For shape-only changes in facial context, feature inversion effects were as large as typical spacing inversion effects. Small feature inversion effects occurred only when a task could be efficiently solved by visual-processing areas outside whole-face coding. The results argue that holistic/configural processing for upright faces integrates exact feature shape and spacing between blobs. We describe two plausible approaches to this process.
dc.publisherPsychonomic Society Inc
dc.sourcePsychonomic Bulletin & Review
dc.subjectKeywords: article; depth perception; face; human; individuality; pattern recognition; psychological model; vision; Face; Form Perception; Humans; Individuality; Models, Psychological; Space Perception; Visual Perception
dc.titleWhy does picture-plane inversion sometimes dissociate perception of features and spacing in faces, and sometimes not? Toward a new theory of holistic processing
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume16
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor170112 - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9312950xPUB144
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcKone, Elinor, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationYovel, Galit, Tel Aviv University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage778
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage797
local.identifier.doi10.3758/PBR.16.5.778
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:58:15Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-69249110627
local.identifier.thomsonID000271686100002
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