Hancock P J B, Little A C, 2011, "Adaptation may cause some of the face caricature effect" Perception 40(3) 317 – 322
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Adaptation may cause some of the face caricature effect
Peter J B Hancock, Anthony C Little
Received 2 November 2010, in revised form 22 February 2011
Abstract. One of the ways to demonstrate a caricature preference is to ask participants to adjust a face image over a range from anti-caricature to caricature until it shows the best likeness to a specific individual. Since facial adaptation, whereby exposure to a face influences subsequent perception of faces, is rapid, it is possible that adaptation promotes the selection of a caricatured image. We tested whether giving participants a reference average face image, to counteract any adaptation, would reduce the degree of caricature selected for famous faces. Results confirmed a significant decrease but, even without an average, participants chose an anti-caricatured image. These data suggest a role for adaptation in generating caricature preferences while also suggesting such preferences are not inevitable.
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