An Investigation of Stimulus Integrality in the Perception of Schematic Faces.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV BALTIMORE MD DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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People exhibit a remarkable capacity for perceiving and remembering faces. Two experiments investigated the possibility that this unusual capacity reflects holistic processing of integral psychological dimensions, thus facilitating the perception of human faces. Pairs of schematic facial features were studied, using a binary classification paradigm, to test their integrality. While the integrality hypothesis was not supported, other possibilities for further research on the goodness of facial stimuli were discussed.