Seeing the face through the eyes:a developmental perspective on face expertise

Gliga, Teodora and Csibra, Gergely (2007) Seeing the face through the eyes:a developmental perspective on face expertise. In: From Action to Cognition. Progress in Brain Research, 164 . Elsevier, pp. 323-339.

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Most people are experts in face recognition. We propose that the special status of this particular body part in telling individuals apart is the result of a developmental process that heavily biases human infants and children to attend towards the eyes of others. We review the evidence supporting this proposal, including neuroimaging results and studies in developmental disorders, like autism. We propose that the most likely explanation of infants' bias towards eyes is the fact that eye gaze serves important communicative functions in humans.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by a Pathfinder grant (CALACEI) from the European Commission. We thank to Mayada Elsabbagh, Tobias Grossmann, Atsushi Senju, Victoria Southgate, and Przemyslaw Tomalski for their valuable comments on earlier versions of this paper.
Uncontrolled Keywords: amygdala,development,expertise,face recognition,gaze perception,infancy,neuroscience(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2800
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 16:26
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:26
DOI: 10.1016/S0079-6123(07)64018-7

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