Herzmann, Grit; Danthiir, Vanessa; Schacht, Annekathrin; Sommer, Werner; Wilhelm, Oliver:

Towards a Comprehensive Test Battery for Face Processing: Assessment of the Tasks.

In: Behavior Research Methods, Jg. 40 (2008) ; Nr. 3, S. 840-857
ISSN: 0005-7878
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Psychologie
Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften » Institut für Psychologie
Despite the importance of face recognition in everyday life and frequent complaints about its failure, there is
no comprehensive test battery for this ability. As a first step in constructing such a battery, we present 18 tasks
aimed at measuring face perception, face learning, face recognition, and the recognition of facially expressed
emotions. A sample of 153 healthy young adults completed all tasks. In general, reaction time measures showed
high estimates of internal consistency; tasks focused on performance accuracy yielded reliabilities that were
somewhat lower, yet high enough to support their use in a battery of face cognition measures. Some of the tasks allowed
computation of established experimental effects in a within-subjects design, such as the part–whole effect.
Most of these experimental effects were confirmed in our large sample, and valuable effect size estimates were
obtained. However, in many cases these difference measures showed poor estimates of internal consistency.