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Perceptual ExpertiseBridging Brain and Behavior$
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Isabel Gauthier, Michael Tarr, and Daniel Bub

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309607.001.0001

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Degrees of Expertise

Degrees of Expertise

(p.107) 4 Degrees of Expertise
Perceptual Expertise

Lisa S. Scott

James W. Tanaka

Tim Curran

Oxford University Press

Unlike general object recognition that occurs at the basic level (e.g. person; bird), faces and nonface objects of expertise tend to be recognized at the subordinate, individual level (e.g. Bob; sparrow). Specialization for faces and nonface objects of expertise may occur as different cognitive strategies (e.g. holistic processing) and neural substrates (e.g. FFA) are recruited to support subordinate-level recognition. Together, the studies reviewed here suggest that recognition skills and neural specialization for faces and nonface objects of expertise are tuned by experience, in particular experience individuating exemplars, although perceptual exposure may also play a role. Studies where participants are trained to become experts in the lab provide a powerful tool for understanding the mechanisms involved in the acquisition of perceptual expertise, and the relationship between perceptual exposure and individuation experience.

Keywords:   face recognition, object recognition, expertise, holistic processing, fFA, n170, levels of categorization, generalization, perceptual exposure

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