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      The many faces of configural processing.

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      Trends in cognitive sciences
      Elsevier BV

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          Abstract

          Adults' expertise in recognizing faces has been attributed to configural processing. We distinguish three types of configural processing: detecting the first-order relations that define faces (i.e. two eyes above a nose and mouth), holistic processing (glueing the features together into a gestalt), and processing second-order relations (i.e. the spacing among features). We provide evidence for their separability based on behavioral marker tasks, their sensitivity to experimental manipulations, and their patterns of development. We note that inversion affects each type of configural processing, not just sensitivity to second-order relations, and we review evidence on whether configural processing is unique to faces.

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          Journal
          Trends Cogn Sci
          Trends in cognitive sciences
          Elsevier BV
          1879-307X
          1364-6613
          Jun 01 2002
          : 6
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Dept of Psychology, McMaster University, ON, L8S 4K1, Hamilton, Canada
          Article
          S1364661302019034
          10.1016/s1364-6613(02)01903-4
          12039607
          fbe1d184-b927-4f9e-b16d-f8204b427766

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