What makes faces special?. Yue, X., Tjan, B. S., & Biederman, I. Vision research, 46(22):3802--3811, October, 2006.
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What may be special about faces, compared to non-face objects, is that their neural representation may be fundamentally spatial, e.g., Gabor-like. Subjects matched a sequence of two filtered images, each containing every other combination of spatial frequency and orientation, of faces or non-face 3D blobs, judging whether the person or blob was the same or different. On a match trial, the images were either identical or complementary (containing the remaining spatial frequency and orientation content). Relative to an identical pair of images, a complementary pair of faces, but not blobs, reduced matching accuracy and released fMRI adaptation in the fusiform face area.
@article{yue_what_2006,
	title = {What makes faces special?},
	volume = {46},
	issn = {0042-6989},
	url = {http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699459/},
	doi = {10.1016/j.visres.2006.06.017},
	abstract = {What may be special about faces, compared to non-face objects, is that their neural representation may be fundamentally spatial, e.g., Gabor-like. Subjects matched a sequence of two filtered images, each containing every other combination of spatial frequency and orientation, of faces or non-face 3D blobs, judging whether the person or blob was the same or different. On a match trial, the images were either identical or complementary (containing the remaining spatial frequency and orientation content). Relative to an identical pair of images, a complementary pair of faces, but not blobs, reduced matching accuracy and released fMRI adaptation in the fusiform face area.},
	number = {22},
	urldate = {2015-08-13TZ},
	journal = {Vision research},
	author = {Yue, Xiaomin and Tjan, Bosco S. and Biederman, Irving},
	month = oct,
	year = {2006},
	pmid = {16938328},
	pmcid = {PMC2699459},
	pages = {3802--3811}
}
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