Lateralized Processing of Faces

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serval:BIB_AAAB1D924981
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Lateralized Processing of Faces
Journal
Swiss Journal of Psychology
Author(s)
Bombari D., Preuss N., Mast F.W.
ISSN
1421-0185
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
73
Number
4
Pages
215-224
Abstract
We investigated the lateralized processing of featural and configural information in face recognition in two divided visual field studies. In Experiment 1, participants matched the identity of a cue face containing either featural (scrambled faces) or configural (blurred faces) information with an intact test face presented subsequently either in the right visual field (RVF) or in the left visual field (LVF). Unilateral presentation was controlled by monitoring eye movements. The results show an advantage of the left hemisphere (LH) over the right hemisphere (RH) for featural processing and a specialization of the RH for configural compared to featural processing. In Experiment 2, we focused on configural processing and its relationship to familiarity. Either learned or novel test faces were presented in the LVF or the RVF. Participants recognized learned faces better when presented in the LVF than in the RVF, suggesting that the RH has an advantage in the recognition of learned faces. Because the recognition of familiar faces relies strongly on configural information (Buttle & Raymond, 2003), we argue that the advantage of the RH over the LH in configural processing is a function of familiarity.
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