Toward a unified model of face and object recognition in the human visual system

Wallis, Guy (2013) Toward a unified model of face and object recognition in the human visual system. Frontiers in Psychology, 2012 Article497: . doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00497

Author Wallis, Guy
Title Toward a unified model of face and object recognition in the human visual system
Journal name Frontiers in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1664-1078
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00497
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2012
Issue Article497
Total pages 25
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract Our understanding of the mechanisms and neural substrates underlying visual recognition has made considerable progress over the past 30 years. During this period, accumulating evidence has led many scientists to conclude that objects and faces are recognised in fundamentally distinct ways, and in fundamentally distinct cortical areas. In the psychological literature, in particular, this dissociation has led to a palpable disconnect between theories of how we process and represent the two classes of object. This paper follows a trend in part of the recognition literature to try to reconcile what we know about these two forms of recognition by considering the effects of learning. Taking a widely accepted, self-organizing model of object recognition, this paper explains how such a system is affected by repeated exposure to specific stimulus classes. In so doing, it explains how many aspects of recognition generally regarded as unusual to faces (holistic processing, configural processing, sensitivity to inversion, the other-race effect, the prototype effect, etc.) are emergent properties of category-specific learning within such a system. Overall, the paper describes how a single model of recognition learning can and does produce the seemingly very different types of representation associated with faces and objects.
Keyword Face recognition
Holistic processing
Learning and memory
Neural network modeling
Object recognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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