An integrative approach towards understanding the psychological and neural basis of congenital prosopagnosia Academic Article uri icon


  • 11.1 Background Faces have distinctive evolutionary and social significance and, therefore, it is not surprising that face perception is probably the most developed visual perceptual skill in humans. At an input level, faces are perceptually similar homogeneous exemplars drawn from a single class and are all composed of essentially the same local elements (eg, two eyes, a nose, cheeks and a mouth) in the same spatial layout (eg, eyes above the nose). Despite this fundamental visual similarity, individual faces convey a large amount of …

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  • January 1, 2008