Stefan Robert Schweinberger

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We investigated immediate repetition effects in the recognition of famous faces by recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and reaction times (RTs). Participants recognized celebrities' faces that were preceded by either the same picture, a different picture of the same celebrity, or a different famous face. Face repetition caused two distinct ERP(More)
We investigated repetition priming in the recognition of famous people by recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and reaction times (RTs). Participants performed speeded two-choice responses depending on whether or not a stimulus showed a famous person. In Experiment 1, a facilitation was found in RTs to famous (but not to unfamiliar) faces when(More)
We investigated event-related brain potentials elicited by repetitions of cars, ape faces, and upright and inverted human faces. A face-selective N250r response to repetitions emerged over right temporal regions, consistent with a source in the fusiform gyrus. N250r was largest for human faces, clear for ape faces, non-significant for inverted faces, and(More)
Age-related slowing in recognizing famous names and faces was investigated with event-related brain potentials (ERPs). In a group of young adults, item repetition induced early (220-340 ms) and late (400-700 ms) ERP modulations, apparently signaling the access to, respectively, domain-specific representations of faces and names and domain-general semantic(More)
Face recognition across different viewing conditions is strongly improved by familiarity. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that the neural basis of this effect is a less view-dependent representation of familiar faces in ventral visual cortex by assessing priming-related fMRI repetition effects. 15 healthy volunteers made male/female(More)
Effects of variation in an irrelevant stimulus dimension on judgments of faces with respect to a relevant dimension were investigated. Dimensions were identity, emotional expression, and facial speech. The irrelevant dimension was correlated with, constant, or orthogonal to the relevant one. Reaction times (RTs) were predicted to increase over these(More)
Unfamiliar faces from the viewer's own ethnic group are more accurately recognized than other-race faces. The present study examined whether similar effects occur for own-age versus other-age faces, analyzing both behavioural and event-related potential (ERP) measures. Young and elderly participants were to recognize previously studied young and old faces.(More)
Phonagnosia, the inability to recognize familiar voices, has been studied in brain-damaged patients but no cases due to developmental problems have been reported. Here we describe the case of KH, a 60-year-old active professional woman who reports that she has always experienced severe voice recognition difficulties. Her hearing abilities are normal, and an(More)
Dual-route models of face recognition suggest separate cognitive and affective routes. The predictions of these models were assessed in recognition tasks with unfamiliar, famous, and personally familiar faces. Whereas larger autonomic responses were only triggered for personally familiar faces, priming effects in reaction times to these faces, presumably(More)
People are generally better in recognizing faces from their own ethnic group as opposed to faces from another ethnic group, a finding which has been interpreted in the context of two opposing theories. Whereas perceptual expertise theories stress the role of long-term experience with one's own ethnic group, race feature theories assume that the processing(More)