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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01957

Matching unfamiliar voices to static and dynamic faces: No evidence for a dynamic face advantage in a simultaneous presentation paradigm

  • 1Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 2Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany

Previous research has demonstrated that humans are able to match unfamiliar voices to corresponding faces and vice versa. It has been suggested that this matching ability might be based on common underlying source information that has characteristic effects on both faces and voices. Some researchers have additionally assumed that dynamic facial information might be especially relevant to successfully match faces to voices. In the present study, we compared static and dynamic face-voice matching ability in a simultaneous presentation paradigm. Additionally, we implemented a procedure (matching additionally supported by incidental association learning) which allows us to reliably exclude participants that did not pay sufficient attention to the task. A comparison of performance between static and dynamic face-voice matching suggested a lack of substantial differences in matching ability for static and dynamic faces, suggesting that dynamic (as opposed to mere static) facial information does not contribute substantially to face-voice matching performance. Implications regarding the underlying mechanisms of face-voice matching are discussed.

Keywords: Voice-face matching, Static vs. dynamic faces, Face-voice integration, Simultaneous presentation paradigm, Person identity processing

Received: 15 Feb 2019; Accepted: 08 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

Mariska E. Kret, Leiden University, Netherlands

Reviewed by:

Przemyslaw Tomalski, University of Warsaw, Poland
Tim Andrews, University of York, United Kingdom
Rachel Bennetts, Brunel University London, United Kingdom  

Copyright: © 2019 Huestegge. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mrs. Sujata M. Huestegge, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany, sujata.huestegge@uni-wuerzburg.de