Comparing two versions of the Chimeric Face Test: A pilot investigation

Rachel Nesbit, Dawn Watling

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The Chimeric Face Test (CFT) is a widely used behavioral measure of degree of lateralization for emotion processing. The Pictures of Facial Affect (Ekman, 1976) have often been used to create chimeras for this task, but have widely been critiqued due to lack of ethnic diversity and small stimuli numbers In this brief study participants (N = 45) completed two Chimeric Face Tests, one using the Pictures of Facial Affect and one using the NimStim facial stimuli (Tottenham et al., 2009). The laterality scores were compared across measures. The results show the two measures are related, laterality quotients showed a strong correlation between the two tasks. Participants showed a left-visual field bias on both tasks, indicative of a right-hemisphere bias for the processing of emotions. The NimStim Chimeric Face Test however was found to give a more conservative estimate of degree of lateralization. The NimStim Chimeric Face test is discussed as a valid measure for examining lateralization for emotion processing, The extent to which different versions of the chimeric face test are comparable is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Early online date7 Sept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Sept 2023


  • Emotion recognition
  • Laterality
  • Chimeric Faces

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