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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions$
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Arthur G. Shapiro and Dejan Todorovic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.001.0001

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Adaptation Aftereffects in the Perception of Faces

Adaptation Aftereffects in the Perception of Faces

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(p.655) Chapter 94 Adaptation Aftereffects in the Perception of Faces
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions
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Michael A. Webster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.003.0094

Most people are adept at recognizing a face they have seen previously, or inferring from the face an individual’s traits. These abilities suggest that some aspects of the visual representation of faces remain stable. Yet, face perception may also involve highly dynamic processes that are continuously recalibrated by the variety of faces to which we are exposed. In particular, the appearance of a face can be rapidly and dramatically changed after viewing—and thus adapting—to a different face. Thus tThe perceived identity or characteristics of a face appears can be strongly biased by the set of faces seen previously. For example, after viewing a narrow face, a normally proportioned face appears too wide. These face aftereffects are similar in form and dynamics to the classic adaptation effects of color, form, and motion but may depend in part on response changes at high and possibly face-specific levels of visual processing.

Keywords:   adaptation, face perception, aftereffects, face, color, form, motion, visual processing

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