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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Adaptation may cause some of the face caricature effect
Author(s): Hancock, Peter J B
Little, Anthony
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Keywords: Face adaptation
Facial caricature
Face Physiology
Face perception
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Date Deposited: 1-Mar-2011
Citation: Hancock PJB & Little A (2011) Adaptation may cause some of the face caricature effect. Perception, 40 (3), pp. 317-322.
Abstract: One of the ways to demonstrate a caricature preference is to ask participants to adjust a face image over a range from anti-caricature to caricature until it shows the best likeness to a specific individual. Since facial adaptation, whereby exposure to a face influences subsequent perception of faces, is rapid, it is possible that adaptation promotes the selection of a caricatured image. We tested whether giving participants a reference average face image, to counteract any adaptation, would reduce the degree of caricature selected for famous faces. Results confirmed a significant decrease, but even without an average, participants chose an anti-caricatured image. These data suggest a role for adaptation in generating caricature preferences while also suggesting such preferences are not inevitable.
DOI Link: 10.1068/p6865
Rights: Hancock, Peter J. B. & Little, Anthony, 2011. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Perception, volume 40, issue 3, pages 317-322 [DOI: 10.1068/p6865]

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