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Objectives. Recent research suggests that older adults have difficulties with aspects of configural face processing. The present study examined whether age-related declines in sensitivity to configural face information are dependent on the face region in which configural changes occur. Method. Younger and older adults completed a face-matching task that required the detection of configural manipulations to either the eye or the mouth regions of target faces. Results. Age-related declines in the ability to detect configural changes were found when the eye region of the face was modified. Importantly, no age-related differences were evident when perceiving similar changes to the mouth region. Discussion. Taken together, these findings suggest that age-related differences in sensitivity to configural information are specific to the eye region of the face. The potential implications of these findings for age-related difficulties in interpreting social cues from the eyes are discussed.
Author(s): Slessor G, Riby DM, Finnerty AN
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences
Print publication date: 03/08/2012
ISSN (print): 1079-5014
ISSN (electronic): 1758-5368
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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