Publication details for Professor Deborah RibySlessor, G., Riby, D. M. & Finnerty, A. N. (2013). Age-related Differences in Processing Face Configuration: The Importance of the Eye Region. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 68(2): 228-231.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1079-5014 (print), 1758-5368 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbs059
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
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.
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.
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.
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.