Face Recognition

B. Duchaine, G. Yovel

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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.
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
StatePublished - 2008


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


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