Two loci of repetition priming in the recognition of familiar faces

Andrew W. Ellis*, Andy Young, Brenda M. Flude, A. Mike Burton

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Abstract

Four experiments examining the repetition priming of familiar face recognition are reported. The experiments showed that the speed of deciding whether a face is familiar was facilitated by prior presentation of the face, but not by reading the written name or by producing the name in response to a definition. In contrast, reading names and producing names to definitions both primed subsequent naming of the corresponding faces (Experiments 1 and 2). Face naming was primed more by face naming than by either familiarity decisions or naming from description (Experiments 3 and 4). The authors propose that repetition priming of familiar face recognition occurs at 2 distinct loci. The first involves the perceptual recognition of a face as familiar and is domain-specific. The second involves name retrieval and is susceptible to both within- and cross-domain priming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes

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