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Two face masks are better than one: congruency effects in face matching.

Estudillo, A. J. and Wong, H. K., 2022. Two face masks are better than one: congruency effects in face matching. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 7 (1), 49.

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DOI: 10.1186/s41235-022-00402-9


Although the positive effects of congruency between stimuli are well replicated in face memory paradigms, mixed findings have been found in face matching. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are now very common during daily life outdoor activities. Thus, the present study aims to further explore congruency effects in matching faces partially occluded by surgical masks. Observers performed a face matching task consisting of pairs of faces presented in full view (i.e., full-view condition), pairs of faces in which only one of the faces had a mask (i.e., one-mask condition), and pairs of faces in which both faces had a mask (i.e., two-mask condition). Although face masks disrupted performance in identity match and identity mismatch trials, in match trials, we found better performance in the two-mask condition compared to the one-mask condition. This finding highlights the importance of congruency between stimuli on face matching when telling faces together.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID-19; Humans; Masks; Pandemics
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:37054
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Jun 2022 10:33
Last Modified:13 Jun 2022 10:33


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