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Holistic processing predicts face recognition.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21393576     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of holistic processing is a cornerstone of face-recognition research. In the study reported here, we demonstrated that holistic processing predicts face-recognition abilities on the Cambridge Face Memory Test and on a perceptual face-identification task. Our findings validate a large body of work that relies on the assumption that holistic processing is related to face recognition. These findings also reconcile the study of face recognition with the perceptual-expertise work it inspired; such work links holistic processing of objects with people's ability to individuate them. Our results differ from those of a recent study showing no link between holistic processing and face recognition. This discrepancy can be attributed to the use in prior research of a popular but flawed measure of holistic processing. Our findings salvage the central role of holistic processing in face recognition and cast doubt on a subset of the face-perception literature that relies on a problematic measure of holistic processing.
Jennifer J Richler; Olivia S Cheung; Isabel Gauthier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2011-03-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological science     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1467-9280     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-13     Completed Date:  2011-08-18     Revised Date:  2014-09-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007542     Medline TA:  Psychol Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  464-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Recognition (Psychology)*
Grant Support
P30-EY008126/EY/NEI NIH HHS; R01 EY013441/EY/NEI NIH HHS; R01 EY013441-06A2/EY/NEI NIH HHS; R01 EY013441-08/EY/NEI NIH HHS

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