Lookup NU author(s): Dr Quoc Vuong,
Dr Verena Willenbockel,
Dr Friederike Zimmermann,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group There is a view that faces and objects are processed by different brain mechanisms. Different factors may modulate the extent to which face mechanisms are used for objects. To distinguish these factors, we present a new parametric multipart three-dimensional object set that provides researchers with a rich degree of control of important features for visual recognition such as individual parts and the spatial configuration of those parts. All other properties being equal, we demonstrate that perceived facelikeness in terms of spatial configuration facilitated performance at matching individual exemplars of the new object set across viewpoint changes (Experiment 1). Importantly, facelikeness did not affect perceptual discriminability (Experiment 2) or similarity (Experiment 3). Our findings suggest that perceptual resemblance to faces based on spatial configuration of parts is important for visual recognition even after equating physical and perceptual similarity. Furthermore, the large parametrically controlled object set and the standardized procedures to generate additional exemplars will provide the research community with invaluable tools to further understand visual recognition and visual learning.
Author(s): Vuong QC, Willenbockel V, Zimmermann FGS, Lochy A, Laguesse R, Dryden A, Rossion B
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Visual Cognition
Online publication date: 08/03/2017
Acceptance date: 25/01/2017
Date deposited: 10/05/2017
ISSN (print): 1350-6285
ISSN (electronic): 1464-0716
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