Investigating the relation between imagery and perception: evidence from face priming.


Journal Article

The relation between imagery and perception was investigated in face priming. Two experiments are reported in which subjects either saw or imagined the faces of celebrities. They were later given a speeded perceptual test (familiarity judgement to pictures of celebrities) or a speeded imagery test (in which they were told the names of celebrities and asked to make a decision about their appearance). Seeing faces primed the perceptual test, and imaging faces primed the imagery test; however, there was no priming between seeing and imaging faces. These results show that perception and imagery can be dissociated in normal subjects. In two further experiments, we examined the effects of imaging faces on a subsequent face-naming task and on a task requiring familiarity judgements to partial faces. Both these tasks were facilitated by prior imaging of faces. These results are discussed in relation to those of McDermott & Roediger (1994), who found that imagery promoted object priming in a perceptual test involving naming partial line drawings. The implications for models of face recognition are also discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cabeza, R; Burton, AM; Kelly, SW; Akamatsu, S

Published Date

  • May 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 274 - 289

PubMed ID

  • 9225624

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9225624

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-0740

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-4987

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/027249897392099


  • eng