Perception isn't so simple: commentary on Bernard, Gervais, Allen, Campomizzi, and Klein (2012).
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Bernard, Gervais, Allen, Campomizzi, and Klein (2012) report an inversion effect only when participants viewed sexualized male body images and not when they viewed sexualized female body images. On the basis of a belief that face and person recognition is subject to an inversion effect (Rossion, 2008; Yin, 1969) but that object recognition is not, the authors concluded that “at a basic cognitive level, sexualized men were perceived as persons, whereas sexualized women were perceived as objects” (p. 470). The inference is that different visual-recognition processes are applied to images of males and images of females. This conclusion is unwarranted on empirical, methodological, and logical grounds.
Psychological science, 24, 6, 1069-1070.