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Navon-induced processing biases fail to affect the recognition of whole faces and isolated facial features.

Estudillo, A.J., Zheng, B.L.Q. and Wong, H.K., 2022. Navon-induced processing biases fail to affect the recognition of whole faces and isolated facial features. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2022.2105341

Abstract

According to the processing bias account, global Navon-induced processing primes the adoption of a holistic strategy whereas local Navon-induced processing triggers featural processing. As faces are recognised at a holistic level, global Navon-induced processing would increase recognition accuracy of whole faces. In contrast, local Navon-induced processing would enhance the recognition of individual facial features. In two experiments we explored this account using the part/whole task. Observers were asked to recognise facial features presented in isolation or embedded into whole faces, after global or local Navon-induced processing. In both experiments, results showed a whole-over-part advantage whereby facial features were recognised more accurately in the context of the whole face than in isolation. However, Navon-induced processing failed to modulate this effect as well as the magnitude of holistic-featural face processing. These results cast doubts on the reliability of Navon processing to prime the adoption of a particular processing style for face identification.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2044-5911
Uncontrolled Keywords:Navon stimuli; face recognition; holistic processing; featural processing
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37329
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Aug 2022 14:53
Last Modified:08 Aug 2022 14:53

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