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Faces in the mist: illusory face and letter detection
Rieth, Cory A.1; Lee, Kang1,2; Lui, Jiangang3; Tian, Jie4,5; Huber, David E.1
Source PublicationI-PERCEPTION
2011
Volume2Issue:5Pages:458-476
SubtypeArticle
AbstractWe report three behavioral experiments on the spatial characteristics evoking illusory face and letter detection. False detections made to pure noise images were analyzed using a modified reverse correlation method in which hundreds of observers rated a modest number of noise images (480) during a single session. This method was originally developed for brain imaging research, and has been used in a number of fMRI publications, but this is the first report of the behavioral classification images. In Experiment 1 illusory face detection occurred in response to scattered dark patches throughout the images, with a bias to the left visual field. This occurred despite the use of a fixation cross and expectations that faces would be centered. In contrast, illusory letter detection (Experiment 2) occurred in response to centrally positioned dark patches. Experiment 3 included an oval in all displays to spatially constrain illusory face detection. With the addition of this oval the classification image revealed an eyes/nose/mouth pattern. These results suggest that face detection is triggered by a minimal face-like pattern even when these features are not centered in visual focus.
KeywordVision Face Perception Reverse Correlation Letter Perception Top Down False Detection
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
Indexed BySSCi
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000208941700004
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ia.ac.cn/handle/173211/9748
Collection中国科学院分子影像重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorTian, Jie
Affiliation1.Univ Calif San Diego, Dept Psychol, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA
2.Univ Toronto, Inst Child Study, Toronto, ON M5R 2X2, Canada
3.Beijing Jiaotong Univ, Sch Comp & Informat Technol, Dept Biomed Engn, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
4.Xidian Univ, Sch Life Sci & Technol, Xian 710071, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Automat, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
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Rieth, Cory A.,Lee, Kang,Lui, Jiangang,et al. Faces in the mist: illusory face and letter detection[J]. I-PERCEPTION,2011,2(5):458-476.
APA Rieth, Cory A.,Lee, Kang,Lui, Jiangang,Tian, Jie,&Huber, David E..(2011).Faces in the mist: illusory face and letter detection.I-PERCEPTION,2(5),458-476.
MLA Rieth, Cory A.,et al."Faces in the mist: illusory face and letter detection".I-PERCEPTION 2.5(2011):458-476.
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