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Human face recognition ability is specific and highly heritable
- J. Wilmer, L. Germine, B. Duchaine
- Psychology, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 22 February 2010
The results establish a clear genetic basis for face recognition, opening this intensively studied and socially advantageous cognitive trait to genetic investigation and identifying a highly specific cognitive ability that is highly heritable.
Number sense across the lifespan as revealed by a massive Internet-based sample
- J. Halberda, R. Ly, J. Wilmer, D. Naiman, L. Germine
- PsychologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 25 June 2012
It is found that population trends suggest that the precision of one’s number sense improves throughout the school-age years, peaking quite late at ∼30 y, and the large individual differences and prolonged development of number sense hold promise for the impact of educational interventions that target the number sense.
Using regression to measure holistic face processing reveals a strong link with face recognition ability
Is the Web as good as the lab? Comparable performance from Web and lab in cognitive/perceptual experiments
- L. Germine, K. Nakayama, B. Duchaine, C. Chabris, Garga Chatterjee, J. Wilmer
- PsychologyPsychonomic bulletin & review
- 25 July 2012
It is demonstrated that collecting data from uncompensated, anonymous, unsupervised, self-selected participants need not reduce data quality, even for demanding cognitive and perceptual experiments.
Sustained Attention Across the Life Span in a Sample of 10,000
It is found that after the age of 15 years, the strategy and ability trajectories saliently diverge, and strategy becomes monotonically more conservative with age, whereas ability peaks in the early 40s and is followed by a gradual decline in older adults.
Capturing specific abilities as a window into human individuality: The example of face recognition
- J. Wilmer, L. Germine, C. Chabris, Garga Chatterjee, M. Gerbasi, K. Nakayama
- PsychologyCognitive neuropsychology
- 1 July 2012
It is argued that the allied fields of experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and vision science could fuel the discovery of additional specific abilities to add to face recognition, thereby providing new perspectives on human individuality.
How to use individual differences to isolate functional organization, biology, and utility of visual functions; with illustrative proposals for stereopsis.
- J. Wilmer
- BiologySpatial vision
This paper is a call for greater use of individual differences in the basic science of visual perception, describing the approach advocated, presenting model examples from the literature, and laying out illustrative research proposals for the case of stereopsis.
The Inversion, Part-Whole, and Composite Effects Reflect Distinct Perceptual Mechanisms With Varied Relationships to Face Recognition
- C. Rezlescu, T. Susilo, J. Wilmer, A. Caramazza
- PsychologyJournal of experimental psychology. Human…
- 13 April 2017
The results show that inversion, part-whole, and composite effects reflect distinct perceptual mechanisms, and argue against the use of the single, generic term holistic processing when referring to these effects.
Individual Differences in Holistic Processing Predict the Own-Race Advantage in Recognition Memory
Using regression, it is demonstrated that own-race faces were processed more holistically than other- race faces, particularly the eye region, and that this greater engagement of holistic processing is significantly associated with the own- race advantage in recognition memory.
Holistic processing of the mouth but not the eyes in developmental prosopagnosia
- J. DeGutis, Sarah Cohan, Rogelio J. Mercado, J. Wilmer, K. Nakayama
- PsychologyCognitive neuropsychology
- 1 September 2012
Contrary to an expected overall reduction in holistic processing, it is found that less severely impaired prosopagnosics showed significantly more holistic processing of the mouth, suggesting that holistic processing can aid them in recognizing faces.