Form-Specific Repetition Priming for Unfamiliar Faces

Martin, Douglas, Cairns, Susan, Orme, Elizabeth, de Bruine, Lisa, Jones, Benedict and MacRae, C. Neil (2009) Form-Specific Repetition Priming for Unfamiliar Faces. Experimental Psychology (formerly "Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie"), 57 (5). pp. 338-345. ISSN 1618-3169

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It has frequently been demonstrated that repeated presentation of a stimulus can result in facilitated processing of the item, an effect termed repetition priming. Questions remain, however, regarding the boundary conditions of this effect, particularly for faces. For example, is repetition priming for unfamiliar faces dependent on the presentation of identical stimuli at study and test? This question was explored in three experiments in which the pose (i.e., frontal vs. ¾) and perceptual distance from the original facial identity (i.e., 100%, 75%, 50%, or 25% of original person) were manipulated between the testing phases of a standard repetition-priming paradigm. The results revealed that priming did not persist following any change to a face between study and test, thereby suggesting that repetition priming for unfamiliar faces is form specific. The theoretical implications of this finding are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social cognition, face processing, implicit memory, repetition priming, person perception
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 12:08
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:28

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