Facilitation and interference are asymmetric in holistic face processing

Haiyang Jin, Luyan Ji, Olivia S. Cheung, William G. Hayward

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

A hallmark of face specificity is holistic processing. It is typically measured by paradigms such as the part–whole and composite tasks. However, these tasks show little evidence for common variance, so a comprehensive account of holistic processing remains elusive. One aspect that varies between tasks is whether they measure facilitation or interference from holistic processing. In this study, we examined facilitation and interference in a single paradigm to determine the way in which they manifest during a face perception task. Using congruent and incongruent trials in the complete composite face task, we found that these two aspects are asymmetrically influenced by the location and cueing probabilities of the target facial half, suggesting that they may operate somewhat independently. We argue that distinguishing facilitation and interference has the potential to disentangle mixed findings from different popular paradigms measuring holistic processing in one unified framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Composite face task
  • Face perception
  • Facilitation
  • Holistic processing
  • Interference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Facilitation and interference are asymmetric in holistic face processing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this