Reference strategies in dialogues about ethnic faces: a toposemantic express-analysis



In the experimental study in identification/discrimination of ethnic faces by dyads, the phenomena of mutual assimilation of the cognitive processes in communication partners were investigated. It is shown that the phenomenon of assimilation can be detected while comparing the partners’ “isostatic” fixation pat¬terns, which characterize the processes of visual attention and perception. At the same time, the lack of synchronization of the isostatic pattern between interlocutors may indicate a lower cognitive complexity of discrimination and a higher probability of successful discrimination. A tendency is observed for producing a more detailed reference structure of the dialogue in the conditions allowing better discrimination, and for less detailed dialogue when the communication partners interpret each other’s verbalizations as indicating that there are no differences in perceived ethnic faces.

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Keywords: dyadic performance, face perception, ethnic face, registration of eye movements, isostatic fixational patterns, reference

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The research is supported by State Assignment No. 25.3916.2017/PC “Cross-cultural determinants of cognitive-communicative processes”.

For citation: Kharitonov A.N., Ananyeva K.I., Basiul I.A. Reference strategies in dialogues about ethnic faces: a toposemantic express-analysis. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2018. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 125–134. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2018110411. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexandr N. Kharitonov, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific and Educational Center for Biopsychological Research, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (NOCHU VO “Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis”); Leading Researcher at the Center for Experimental Psychology, Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University (FSBEI HE MGPPU), Deputy editor-in-chief of the scientific journal "Experimental Psychology", Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Kristina I. Ananyeva, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis (Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ivan A. Basiul, Junior Researcher. Laboratory of Cognitive Processes and Mathematical Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Lecturer of the Department of General Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Research laboratory assistant, Institute of Experimental Psychology of MSPPU, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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