Description of Research
Even in fleeting social interactions, we are able to extract a large amount of information about others. With a glance, we can identify a person, infer their emotional state, determine their gender, estimate their age, assess their attractiveness, and surmise the focus of their thoughts. Much of this information comes from the face, and our group attempts to develop our understanding of the neurocognitive mechanisms that allow us to perform these subtle tasks so effortlessly.
We study these processes in both neurologially-typical individuals and individuals with neuropsychological impairments. Much of our research focuses on individuals with impairments that affect their ability to recognize faces, a condition called prosopagnosia. Evidence from prosopagnosia helps us understand the nature of the mechanisms used for social perception, where they are located in the brain, how these mechanisms develop, and if training can improve their functioning.
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