Similarity modulates the face-capturing effect in change detection

Cheng-Ta Yang, Chia Hao Shih, Mindos Cheng, Yei Yu Yeh

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We investigated whether similarity among faces could modulate the face-capturing effect in change detection. In Experiment 1, a singleton search task was used to demonstrate that a face stimulus captures attention and the odd-one-out hypothesis cannot account for the results. Searching for a face target was faster than searching for a nonface target no matter whether distractor-distractor similarity was low or high. The fast search, however, did not lead to a face-detection advantage in Experiment 2 when the pre- and postchange faces were highly similar. When participants in Experiment 3 had to divide their attention between two faces in stimulus displays for change detection, detection performance was worse than performance in detecting nonface changes. The face-capturing effect alone is insufficient to produce the face-detection advantage. Face processing is efficient but its effect on performance depends on the stimulus-task context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-499
Number of pages16
JournalVisual Cognition
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 4

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Change Detection
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Face Detection
Face Processing
Attention Capture

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Yang, Cheng-Ta ; Shih, Chia Hao ; Cheng, Mindos ; Yeh, Yei Yu. / Similarity modulates the face-capturing effect in change detection. In: Visual Cognition. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 484-499.
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