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Understanding the recognition of facial identity and facial expression

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JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
DatePublished - 1 Aug 2005
Issue number8
Volume6
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)641-651
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Faces convey a wealth of social signals. A dominant view in face-perception research has been that the recognition of facial identity and facial expression involves separable visual pathways at the functional and neural levels, and data from experimental, neuropsychological, functional imaging and cell-recording studies are commonly interpreted within this framework. However, the existing evidence supports this model less strongly than is often assumed. Alongside this two-pathway framework, other possible models of facial identity and expression recognition, including one that has emerged from principal component analysis techniques, should be considered.

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  • TEMPORAL VISUAL-CORTEX, BILATERAL AMYGDALA DAMAGE, HUMAN NEURAL SYSTEM, FACE RECOGNITION, IMPAIRED RECOGNITION, INTACT RECOGNITION, SOCIAL ATTENTION, BRAIN INJURY, DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, INFEROTEMPORAL CORTEX

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