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Are faces special? A case of pure prosopagnosia

Riddoch, M. Jane, Johnston, Robert A., Bracewell, R. Martyn, Boutsen, Luc, Humphreys, Glyn W. (2008) Are faces special? A case of pure prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25 (1). pp. 3-26. ISSN 0264-3294. (doi:10.1080/02643290801920113) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:15619)

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Abstract

The ability to recognize individual faces is of crucial social importance for humans and evolutionarily necessary for survival. Consequently, faces may be "special" stimuli, for which we have developed unique modular perceptual and recognition processes. Some of the strongest evidence for face processing being modular comes from cases of prosopagnosia, where patients are unable to recognize faces whilst retaining the ability to recognize other objects. Here we present the case of an acquired prosopagnosic whose poor recognition was linked to a perceptual impairment in face processing. Despite this, she had intact object recognition, even at a subordinate level. She also showed a normal ability to learn and to generalize learning of nonfacial exemplars differing in the nature and arrangement of their parts, along with impaired learning and generalization of facial exemplars. The case provides evidence for modular perceptual processes for faces.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/02643290801920113
Uncontrolled keywords: prosopagnosia; modular processing; category specificity; configural processing
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15619 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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