Face Recognition

B. Duchaine, G. Yovel

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Abstract

Face recognition is critical to social interaction and it has received extensive attention from researchers using a range of methods. Herein, we review key findings regarding the cognitive basis, neural basis, neuropsychological impairments, and development of face recognition. These studies indicate that face recognition involves a number of separate processes, including some processes that are specialized for faces. Cognitive experiments demonstrate that faces are represented in a more holistic manner than other objects which produces precise representations of both the features and their configuration. Neurophysiological studies have revealed a number of regions in the ventral visual pathway that are preferentially activated and recent monkey work demonstrates that at least one of these areas consists entirely of face-selective neurons. Damage or developmental failures affecting neural areas involved with face recognition can lead to a variety of face recognition deficits, most notably prosopagnosia. Finally, we outline the development of face recognition abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVision II
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages329-357
Number of pages29
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Acquired prosopagnosia
  • Agnosia
  • Development
  • Developmental prosopagnosia
  • ERP
  • FFA
  • FMRI
  • Face perception
  • Inversion
  • MEG
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychology

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