December 2001
Volume 1, Issue 3
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2001
Which features depend on which faces?
Author Affiliations
  • M. Martelli
    Psychology and Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY, USA
  • N. Majaj
    New York University, New York, NY, USA
  • M. Palomares
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • N. Leigh
    Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY, USA
  • P. Ekman
    University of California, CA, USA
  • D. G. Pelli
    New York University, New York, NY, USA
Journal of Vision December 2001, Vol.1, 289. doi:
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      M. Martelli, N. Majaj, M. Palomares, N. Leigh, P. Ekman, D. G. Pelli; Which features depend on which faces?. Journal of Vision 2001;1(3):289.

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Schwartz et al. (ARVO ‘98) found that observers asked to identify facial expressions use only the mouth area of the face. Paul Ekman objected that her faces were not expressing emotions, and predicted that for emotive faces, observers would use both the mouth AND the eyes. To test his prediction, we measured thresholds for identifying emotions in the presence of a noise curtain that was swept horizontally and vertically across the faces. We find that observers identify emotions by using either the eyes OR the mouth.

Martelli, M., Majaj, N., Palomares, M., Leigh, N., Ekman, P., Pelli, D.G.(2001). Which features depend on which faces? [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 1( 3): 289, 289a,, doi:10.1167/1.3.289. [CrossRef]

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