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Average faces and gender categories: no evidence of categorical perception

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Bülthoff,  I
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Newell,  FN
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Bülthoff, I., & Newell, F. (2001). Average faces and gender categories: no evidence of categorical perception. Poster presented at Twenty-fourth European Conference on Visual Perception, Kusadasi, Turkey.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-E22A-A
Abstract
Categorical perception is a sophisticated mechanism which allows our visual system to discriminate between highly similar objects. Perceptually, physical differences between groups of objects are enhanced as compared to equal-sized differences within a group of objects, thus creating clear boundaries between groups of items. Humans are expert in face recognition. Does a categorical perception mechanism help us to differentiate between male and female faces? Using a three-dimensional morphing technique, we built an average.