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A Third-Variable Problem in Face Recognition

A Third-Variable Problem in Face Recognition

Isabel Gauthier

I study learning in visual-object recognition, in particular, how people change how they process objects as they gain expertise with a category. One interesting hallmark of expertise is how face processing differs from the way we recognize most objects, in a so-called holistic manner. If you ask someone to make a judgment about part of a face, let’s say, whether the eyes are the ones of their friend Sally, and you tell them to ignore the mouth in the picture because you may have changed it, they cannot do this very well. People are unable to process Sally’s eyes independently of the mouth they are shown with, and so we say ...

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