An Update of the Benton Facial Recognition Test

Murray, Ebony ORCID: 0000-0003-4928-5871, Bennetts, Rachel, Tree, Jeremy and Bate, Sarah (2022) An Update of the Benton Facial Recognition Test. Behavior Research Methods, 54. pp. 2318-2333. doi:10.3758/s13428-021-01727-x

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The Benton Facial Recognition Test (BFRT) is a paper-and-pen task that is traditionally used to assess face perception skills in neurological, clinical and psychiatric conditions. Despite criticisms of its stimuli, the task enjoys a simple procedure and is rapid to administer. Further, it has recently been computerised (BFRT-c), allowing reliable measurement of completion times and the need for online testing. Here, in response to calls for repeat screening for the accurate detection of face processing deficits, we present the BFRT-Revised (BFRT-r): a new version of the BFRT-c that maintains the task’s basic paradigm, but employs new, higher-quality stimuli that reflect recent theoretical advances in the field. An initial validation study with typical participants indicated that the BFRT-r has good internal reliability and content validity. A second investigation indicated that while younger and older participants had comparable accuracy, completion times were longer in the latter, highlighting the need for age-matched norms. Administration of the BFRT-r and BFRT-c to 32 individuals with developmental prosopagnosia resulted in improved sensitivity in diagnostic screening for the BFRT-r compared to the BFRT-c. These findings are discussed in relation to current diagnostic screening protocols for face perception deficits. The BFRT-r is stored in an open repository and is freely available to other researchers.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Face perception; Face matching; Face recognition; Prosopagnosia; Benton; Response times
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ebony Murray
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 16:03
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 15:34

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