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Title: Face perception: An integrative review of the role of spatial frequencies
Author: Ruiz, Marcos
Salvador Beltrán, Francesc
Keywords: Percepció visual
Processament humà de la informació
Categorització (Psicologia)
Visual perception
Human information processing
Categorization (Psychology)
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: The aim of this article is to reinterpret the results obtained from the research analyzing the role played by spatial frequencies in face perception. Two main working lines have been explored in this body of research: the critical bandwidth of spatial frequencies that allows face recognition to take place (the masking approach), and the role played by different spatial frequencies while the visual percept is being developed (the microgenetic approach). However, results obtained to date are not satisfactory in that no single explanation accounts for all the data obtained from each of the approaches. We propose that the main factor for understanding the role of spatial frequencies in face perception depends on the interaction between the demands of the task and the information in the image (the diagnostic recognition approach). Using this new framework, we review the most significant research carried out since the early 1970s to provide a reinterpretation of the data obtained.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: 10.1007/s00426-005-0215-z
It is part of: Psychological Research-Psychologische Forschung, 2006, vol. 70, num. 4, p. 273-292
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ISSN: 0340-0727
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