Face adaptation effects on non-configural face information

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Mueller, Ronja; Carbon, Claus-Christian  ; Strobach, Tilo; Utz, Sandra
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 176-192
Source/Other editions: Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 17 (2021), 2, S. 176-192 - ISSN: 1895-1171
is version of: 10.5709/acp-0327-1
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-553026
Inspecting new visual information in a face can affect the perception of subsequently seen faces. In experimental settings for example, previously seen manipulated versions of a face can lead to a clear bias of the participant’s perception of subsequent images: Original images are then perceived as manipulated in the opposite direction of the adaptor while images that are more similar to the adaptor are perceived as normal or natural. These so-called face adaptation effects can be a useful tool to provide information about which facial information is processed and stored in facial memory. Most experiments so far used variants of the second-order relationship configural information (e.g., spatial relations between facial features) when investigating these effects. However, non-configural face information (e.g., color) was mainly neglected when focusing on face adaptation, although this type of information plays an important role in face processing. Therefore, we investigated adaptation effects of non-configural face information by employing brightness alterations. Our results provide clear evidence for brightness adaptation effects (Experiment 1). These effects are face-specific to some extent (Experiments 2 and 3) and robust over time (Experiments 4 and 5). They support the assumption that non-configural face information is not only relevant in face perception but also in face retention. Brightness information seems to be stored in memory and thus is even involved in face recognition.
GND Keywords: Gesicht; Visuelle Wahrnehmung; Implizites Gedächtnis
Keywords: face adaptation, face perception, face memory, non-configural face information
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CP 2500   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/55302
Release Date: 29. August 2022

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