Psychology Colloquium: “Individual differences in domain-general object recognition”
Research in visual object recognition has largely focused on mechanisms common to most people, but there is increased interest in individual differences. This talk will summarize recent work on domain-general object recognition, offering support for a general ability we call o, which accounts for performance in a range of visual tasks and object categories, both familiar and novel. We found this ability is highly stable based on a one month test-retest, that it is distinct from general intelligence, perceptual speed, low-level vision and personality constructs. Across several studies, we found that o accounts for object recognition not only in the visual domain, but also in haptic and auditory tasks.