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An appreciation of Bruce and Young's (1986) serial stage model of face naming after 25 years

Hanley, JR (2011) 'An appreciation of Bruce and Young's (1986) serial stage model of face naming after 25 years.' British Journal of Psychology, 102 (4). 915 - 930. ISSN 2044-8325

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Abstract

The current status of Bruce and Young's (1986) serial model of face naming is discussed 25 years after its original publication. In the first part of the paper, evidence for and against the serial model is reviewed. It is argued that there is no compelling reason why we should abandon Bruce and Young's claim that recall of a name is contingent upon prior retrieval of semantic information about the person. The current status of the claim that people's names are more difficult to recall than the names of objects is then evaluated. Finally, an account of the anatomical location in the brain of Bruce and Young's three processing stages (face familiarity, retrieval of semantic information, retrieval of names) is suggested. In particular, there is evidence that biographical knowledge about familiar people is stored in the right anterior temporal lobes (ATL) and that the left temporal pole (TP) is heavily involved in retrieval of the names of familiar people. The issue of whether these brain areas play a similar role in object processing is also discussed. © 2011 The British Psychological Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 13:28
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 23:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572

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