Title

Practice and incentive motivation in recognition of inverted faces

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

In each of three experiments, participants received successive daily practice sessions on the task of recognizing inverted faces. In all practice sessions, an initial study series of 25 inverted faces was followed immediately by a test series of 17 pairs of inverted faces. Each test pair comprised a face from the study series and a new face. Completely new sets of faces were used in each session. Recognition of inverted faces did not improve across sessions in Exp. 1 but did improve in Exps. 2 and 3. Unlike Exp. 1, Exps. 2 and 3 employed an explicit incentive for improved performance. These results show that sufficiently motivated participants can become quite proficient at recognizing inverted faces. Implications of the results for the role of expertise at recognition in producing the inversion effect are discussed.

DOI

10.2466/pms.2003.96.2.578

First Page

578

Last Page

588

Volume

96

Issue

2

Publication Title

Perceptual and Motor Skills

ISSN

00315125

Comments

At the time of publication, Jason E. Warnick was affiliated with Arkansas State University.

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