The Effects of Distinctiveness in Recognising and Classifying Faces

@article{Valentine1986TheEO,
  title={The Effects of Distinctiveness in Recognising and Classifying Faces},
  author={Tim Valentine and Vicki Bruce},
  journal={Perception},
  year={1986},
  volume={15},
  pages={525 - 535}
}
In an earlier study it was found that distinctive familiar faces were recognised faster than typical familiar faces in a familiarity decision task. In the first experiment reported here this effect was replicated with the use of celebrities' faces rather than personally familiar faces. In the second and third experiments the effect of distinctiveness was found to reverse if the task was to distinguish between faces and jumbled faces. Subjects took longer to classify distinctive faces as faces… 

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