Recognising a face
The cell labelled as 'Amanda' in the figure could be thought of as being a subset of the cell labelled 'Female' (and the dashed lines encourage this interpretation) but that is not an accurate description. In recognising the face as either 'Amanda' or 'Stranger who looks like Amanda', the sensory+motivational context moves from one cell to another and then another.
Note that when you see any face, even one flashed up on a screen, the sensory+motivational context is likely to move along a path like the one described here. Images are seen first at a very coarse scale (e.g in the first 10 ms of viewing) then at increasingly fine scales (e.g up to 250 ms) so the path through image space is very similar to that obtained by walking towards a person
Back to Hypotheses.
- Watt, R. J. (1987). Scanning from coarse to fine spatial scales in the human visual system after the onset of a stimulus. JOSA A, 4(10), 2006-2021.