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The Mental Representations of Faces and Houses: Issues Concerning Parts and Wholes

Donnelly, Nick and Davidoff, Jules B.. 1999. The Mental Representations of Faces and Houses: Issues Concerning Parts and Wholes. Visual Cognition, 6(3), pp. 319-343. ISSN 1350-6285 [Article]

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We explore the integration of facial features and house parts to form holistic representations of complete objects. In Experiments 1, 2, and 3, we test for evidence of the holistic representation of houses and faces. We do so by testing for a complete over part probe advantage (CPA) in 2AFC recognition and matching tasks. We present evidence consistent with holistic features being represented for both types of stimuli. In Experiments 4 and 5, we examine further theeffect with faces. Experiment 4 shows thatfacial features used in the matching task contribute differentially to CPAs across varying probe delays but with a similar pattern to that found in the recognition task (Experiment 1). Experiment5 shows thatCPAs are mandatory and cannot be removed by precueing with the probe type or the name of the feature to be probed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/135062899395000

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1999Published

Item ID:

4934

Date Deposited:

21 Feb 2011 10:28

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/4934

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