Mooney face stimuli for visual perception research

  • In 1957, Craig Mooney published a set of human face stimuli to study perceptual closure: the formation of a coherent percept on the basis of minimal visual information. Images of this type, now known as “Mooney faces”, are widely used in cognitive psychology and neuroscience because they offer a means of inducing variable perception with constant visuo-spatial characteristics (they are often not perceived as faces if viewed upside down). Mooney’s original set of 40 stimuli has been employed in several studies. However, it is often necessary to use a much larger stimulus set. We created a new set of over 500 Mooney faces and tested them on a cohort of human observers. We present the results of our tests here, and make the stimuli freely available via the internet. Our test results can be used to select subsets of the stimuli that are most suited for a given experimental purpose.

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Author:Caspar Martin Schwiedrzik, Lucia Melloni, Aaron Schurger
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Parent Title (English):PLoS one
Place of publication:Lawrence, Kan.
Contributor(s):Mariano Sigman
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/07/06
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/07/17
Tag:Cognitive psychology; Face; Face recognition; Internet; Mooney faces; Perception; Reaction time; Sensory perception; Vision; face inversion; face perception; perceptual closure
Issue:(7): e0200106
Page Number:11
First Page:1
Last Page:11
Copyright: © 2018 Schwiedrzik et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Institutes:Informatik und Mathematik / Mathematik
Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / MPI für empirische Ästhetik
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0