Nicolas Davidenko

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0022-1031/$ see front matter 2009 Elsevier Inc. A doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.03.009 * Corresponding author. E-mail address: (D.M. Op Participants are not always as diligent in reading and following instructions as experimenters would like them to be. When participants fail to follow instructions, this increases noise and decreases the(More)
The human ventral visual stream contains regions that respond selectively to faces over objects. However, it is unknown whether responses in these regions correlate with how face-like stimuli appear. Here, we use parameterized face silhouettes to manipulate the perceived face-likeness of stimuli and measure responses in face- and object-selective ventral(More)
Recently a parameterized face space has been created using profile face silhouettes (Davidenko, 2007). Face silhouettes provide enough information for accurate judgements of age, gender, attractiveness, and race, and their parameterization allows us to characterize the physical factors that affect these judgements. Here we use these stimuli to further probe(More)
People prefer to perceive the world as just; however, the everyday experience of undeserved events challenges this perception.The authors suggest that one way people rationalize these daily experiences of unfairness is by means of a compensatory bias. People make undeserved events more palatable by endorsing the notion that outcomes naturally balance out in(More)
We introduce a novel class of visual illusion -motion pareidolia -in which sequential presentations of random textures can trigger percepts of coherent apparent motion. In two experiments we presented observers with sequences of random 140x140 pixel arrays refreshing at 2.5Hz. In Experiment 1, observers were primed with a coherent motion pattern, such as(More)
We report a novel phenomenon in which long sequences of random dot arrays refreshing at 2.5 Hz lead to persistent illusory percepts of coherent apparent motion. We term this effect illusory apparent motion (IAM). To quantify this illusion, we devised a persistence task in which observers are primed with a particular motion pattern and must indicate when the(More)
We examined whether people might distort and selectively remember the past in ways that enable them to sustain a belief in a just world (BJW; Lerner, M. J. (1980). The belief in a just world: A fundamental delusion. New York: Plenum Press). In Study 1, recall of a lottery prize reflected participants’ justice concerns, such that the average lottery amount(More)
A recognition advantage for distinctive faces has been widely reported (e.g., Valentine, 1991). In such studies, distinctive faces produce more hits and fewer false alarms than typical faces. Although the finding is robust, the mechanism for this advantage has not been carefully explored. The choice of distractors in these studies does not guarantee(More)