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A Comparative Approach to Testing Face Perception: Face and object identification by adults in a simultaneous matching task

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Beatrice de Gelder ,

Department of Psychology, Tilburg University; The Netherlands and to the Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA, United States of America, NL
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Paul Bertelson

Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE
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Abstract

Experimental studies of face perception tend to use small samples of participants taken from a narrow age range. This often makes it difficult to use the results in clinical studies. Combined with the fact that current face processing tests are of limited use for an in depth analysis of prosopagnosia it is often difficult to assess face recognition problems. Here we present the results from a study of a wide age group (21-50 yrs) tested with a comprehensive face perception battery that was developed to provide a new tool for critically measuring intact face perception. We critically review existing tests and motivate our choice for the present design which is unique in that it uses in the same task setting faces and objects and therefore allows a more specific evaluation of face specific abilities than was hitherto possible.
How to Cite: de Gelder, B. & Bertelson, P., (2009). A Comparative Approach to Testing Face Perception: Face and object identification by adults in a simultaneous matching task. Psychologica Belgica. 49(2-3), pp.177–190. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-49-2-3-177
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Published on 01 Jun 2009.
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