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ERIC Number: EJ885760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Priming and Habituation for Faces: Individual Differences and Inversion Effects
Rieth, Cory A.; Huber, David E.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n3 p596-618 Jun 2010
Immediate repetition priming for faces was examined across a range of prime durations in a threshold identification task. Similar to word repetition priming results, short duration face primes produced positive priming whereas long duration face primes eliminated or reversed this effect. A habituation model of such priming effects predicted that the speed of identification should relate to the prime duration needed to achieve negative priming. We used face priming to test this prediction in two ways. First, we examined the relationship between priming effects and individual differences in the target duration needed for threshold performance. Second, we compared priming of upright and inverted faces. As predicted, the transition from positive to negative priming as a function of prime duration occurred more slowly for inverted faces and for individuals with longer threshold target durations. Additional experiments ruled out alternative explanations. (Contains 3 footnotes, 10 tables, and 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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