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Configural processing and perceptions of head tilt.
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PMID:  15832567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Configural processing is important for face recognition, but its role in other types of face processing is unclear. In the present study, participants made judgments of head tilt for faces in which the vertical position of the internal facial region was varied. We found a highly reliable relationship between inner-face position and perceived head tilt. We also found that changes in inner-face position affected the perceived dimensions of an individual unchanged facial feature: compared to control faces, nearly two-thirds of faces in which the features had been moved down were judged to have a longer nose. This finding suggests an early integration of configural and featural processing to create a stable holistic percept of the face. The demonstration of holistic processing at a basic perceptual level (as opposed to during face recognition) is important as it constrains possible models of the relationships between featural and configural processing.
Stephan M Collishaw; Graham J Hole; Adrian Schwaninger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0301-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Perception     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-18     Completed Date:  2005-06-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372307     Medline TA:  Perception     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Head Movements*
Middle Aged
Nose / anatomy & histology
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Recognition (Psychology)*
Size Perception

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