The development of face expertise.

Gauthier I, Nelson CA
Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 11 (2): 219-24

PMID: 11301243

Recent neuroimaging studies in adults indicate that visual areas selective for recognition of faces can be recruited through expertise for nonface objects. This reflects a new emphasis on experience in theories of visual specialization. In addition, novel work infers differences between categories of nonface objects, allowing a re-interpretation of differences seen between recognition of faces and objects. Whether there are experience-independent precursors of face expertise remains unclear; indeed, parallels between literature for infants and adults suggest that methodological issues need to be addressed before strong conclusions can be drawn regarding the origins of face recognition.

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Adult Animals Child Development Discrimination (Psychology) Face Humans Infant Infant, Newborn Prosopagnosia Recognition (Psychology) Visual Perception

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