Individual Differences in (Non-Visual) Processing Style Predict the Face Inversion Effect

Wyer, Natalie A. ORCID:, Martin, Douglas, Pickup, Tracey and Macrae, C. Neil (2012) Individual Differences in (Non-Visual) Processing Style Predict the Face Inversion Effect. Cognitive Science, 36 (2). pp. 373-384. ISSN 0364-0213

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Recent research suggests that individuals with relatively weak global precedence (i.e., a smaller propensity to view visual stimuli in a configural manner) show a reduced face inversion effect (FIE). Coupled with such findings, a number of recent studies have demonstrated links between an advantage for feature-based processing and the presentation of traits associated with autism among the general population. The present study sought to bridge these findings by investigating whether a relationship exists between the possession of autism-associated traits (i.e., as indicated by individualsautism quotient [(AQ) and the size of the FIE. Participants completed an on-line study in which the AQ was measured prior to a standard face recognition task where half of the faces were inverted at test. The results confirmed that higher AQ levels were predictive of smaller FIEs. Implications for a common underlying factor relating to processing orientation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism-spectrum quotient,face inversion effect,configural versus feature-based processing
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 01:42
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:27
DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01224.x

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