caricature advantage

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The enhanced recognizability of caricatured images of familiar faces relative to undistorted or veridical images of the same faces, the distorted images being paradoxically easier to recognize. Like the differential inversion effect, it is not confined exclusively to faces but is found also with other classes of stimuli that differ only in configuration provided that the viewers have expert knowledge of the stimuli, as when bird-watchers view images of songbirds.

Subjects: Psychology.

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