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The Oxford Face Matching Test: A non-biased test of the full range of individual differences in face perception.

Stantic, M., Brewer, R., Duchaine, B., Banissy, M.J., Bate, S., Susilo, T., Catmur, C. and Bird, G., 2022. The Oxford Face Matching Test: A non-biased test of the full range of individual differences in face perception. Behavior Research Methods, 54, 158-173.

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DOI: 10.3758/s13428-021-01609-2


Tests of face processing are typically designed to identify individuals performing outside of the typical range; either prosopagnosic individuals who exhibit poor face processing ability, or super recognisers, who have superior face processing abilities. Here we describe the development of the Oxford Face Matching Test (OFMT), designed to identify individual differences in face processing across the full range of performance, from prosopagnosia, through the range of typical performance, to super recognisers. Such a test requires items of varying difficulty, but establishing difficulty is problematic when particular populations (e.g., prosopagnosics, individuals with autism spectrum disorder) may use atypical strategies to process faces. If item difficulty is calibrated on neurotypical individuals, then the test may be poorly calibrated for atypical groups, and vice versa. To obtain items of varying difficulty, we used facial recognition algorithms to obtain face pair similarity ratings that are not biased towards specific populations. These face pairs were used as stimuli in the OFMT, and participants were required to judge whether the face images depicted the same individual or different individuals. Across five studies the OFMT was shown to be sensitive to individual differences in the typical population, and in groups of both prosopagnosic individuals and super recognisers. The test-retest reliability of the task was at least equivalent to the Cambridge Face Memory Test and the Glasgow Face Matching Test. Furthermore, results reveal, at least at the group level, that both face perception and face memory are poor in those with prosopagnosia, and are good in super recognisers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cambridge Face Memory Test; face memory; face perception; Oxford Face Matching Test; prosopagnosia; super recogniser
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35677
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Jun 2021 15:25
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:28


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