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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (1): 27-36.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00027

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The inversion effect of body recognition

ZHANG Keye1, ZHANG Mingming1, LIU Tiantian2, LUO Wenbo1, HE Weiqi1()   

  1. 1 Research Center of Brain and Cognitive Neuroscience, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China
    2 College of Education, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
  • Received:2017-09-06 Online:2019-01-15 Published:2018-11-23


The studies for body recognition processing often focus on inverted body. And the body inversion effect refers to the fact that the reaction time to identify the inverted body is longer and the correct rate is lower than that to the upright body. Recently, researchers have used a variety of techniques to examine the effect and its configural processing mechanism, in which there are still controversy about the role of head information. In addition, now available body inversion effect mainly concentrated on the configural processing theory and the configural processing continuum theory, however there are still some discrepancies between the two theories in terms of the subcomponents involved in the configural processing. Further researches, with more special populations involved, can focus on the improvements of relevant theories and the specific role of head information, through using materials of high ecological validity.

Key words: body inversion effect, head information, configural processing theory, configural processing continuum theory

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