Is face processing special?

Tovee, Martin (1998) Is face processing special? Neuron, 21 (6). pp. 1239-1242. ISSN 0896-6273


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Are faces processed differently from other complex visual stimuli? For this to be the case, three main criteria would have to be fulfilled: (1) face recognition would exhibit functional characteristics not found in the recognition of other visual stimuli, (2) the neural machinery that mediates face recognition would be anatomically separate from the neurons mediating general object recognition, and (3) faces would be represented differently from other visual stimuli at the neural level. This paper assesses the data bearing on these criteria and discusses whether they do indeed constitute evidence for a special face processing system.

Keywords:face recognition, fusiform face area, FFA, object recognition, inferior temporal cortex, fusiform gyrus
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:28895
Deposited On:27 Sep 2017 18:05

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