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The Disproportionate Face Inversion Effect in recognition memory


Prince, M and Heathcote, A, The Disproportionate Face Inversion Effect in recognition memory, Cognition in Flux: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 11-14 August, 2010, Portland, Oregon ISBN 978-0-9768318-6-0 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Disproportionate Face Inversion Effect (DFIE), the finding that inversion disproportionately affects face recognition, provides a primary piece of evidence to suggest that faces are processed in a qualitatively different way to other visual stimuli (i.e., along configural as well as featural dimensions). However, when Loftus, Oberg and Dillon (2004; also Prince and Heathcote, 2009) examined the DFIE using state-trace analysis (Bamber, 1979) they found evidence for a one-dimensional encoding of unfamiliar faces when inversion only occurred during the study phase of a recognition memory task. We further examine this one dimensional result with more precise individual measurement and more specifically, Prince and Heathcote’s suggestion that the use of configural encoding may not be automatic in recognition memory.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Decision making
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Heathcote, A (Professor Andrew Heathcote)
ID Code:98956
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-03-10
Last Modified:2016-02-29

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