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Changing faces: a detection advantage in the flicker paradigm
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    Journal article
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    Ro T, Russell C, Lavie N
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    94, 99
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    Psychological Science
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    Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 11th Aug 2007
Observers seem surprisingly poor at detecting changes in images following a large transient or flicker. In this study, we compared this change blindness phenomenon between human faces and other common objects (e.g., clothes). We found that changes were detected far more rapidly and accurately in faces than in other objects. This advantage for faces, however, was found only for upright faces in multiple-object arrays, and was completely eliminated when displays showed one photograph only or when the pictures were inverted. These results suggest a special role for faces in competition for visual attention, and provide support for previous claims that human faces are processed differently than stimuli that may be of less biological significance.
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