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Title: Configuration perception and face memory, and face context effects in developmental prosopagnosia
Authors: Huis in 't Veld, Elisabeth ×
Van den Stock, Jan
de Gelder, Beatrice #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: L. Erlbaum Associates
Series Title: Cognitive Neuropsychology vol:29 issue:5-6 pages:464-81
Article number: 10.1080/02643294.2012.732051
Abstract: This study addresses two central and controversial issues in developmental prosopagnosia (DP), configuration- versus feature-based face processing and the influence of affective information from either facial or bodily expressions on face recognition. A sample of 10 DPs and 10 controls were tested with a previously developed face and object recognition and memory battery (Facial Expressive Action Stimulus Test, FEAST), a task measuring the influence of emotional faces and bodies on face identity matching (Face-Body Compound task), and an emotionally expressive face memory task (Emotional Face Memory task, FaMe-E). We show that DPs were impaired in upright, but not inverted, face matching but they performed at the level of controls on part-to-whole matching. Second, DPs showed impaired memory for both neutral and emotional faces and scored within the normal range on the Face-Body Compound task. Third, configural perception but not feature-based processing was significantly associated with memory performance. Taken together the results indicate that DPs have a deficit in configural processing at the perception stage that may underlie the memory impairment.
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ISSN: 0264-3294
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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