Greater visual averaging of face identity for own-gender faces

De Fockert, J. W. and Gautrey, Ben. 2013. Greater visual averaging of face identity for own-gender faces. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20(3), pp. 468-473. ISSN 1069-9384 [Article]

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Recent evidence suggests that observers can rapidly form an average representation based on a set of simultaneously presented faces. Here, we replicate this finding and show that the tendency to process sets of faces in terms of an average representation is greater for own-gender faces. Male and female participants viewed sets of four male or female faces before deciding whether or not a subsequently presented single test face had been present in the set. Incorrect endorsement that it was one of the set members was greater when the test face was a morphed average of the four faces than when it was an actual set member, and this effect was strongest when the gender of the faces was the same as the observer’s. The finding that observers were more likely to incorrectly endorse own-gender (vs. other-gender) faces forms an exception to the often reported own-gender advantage in face recognition.

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Face averaging, Face perception and recognition, Perceptual categorization and identification

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25 January 2013Published Online
June 2013Published

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21 Jun 2013 07:47

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23 Apr 2021 13:21

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