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Normal Social Evaluations of Faces in Acquired Prosopagnosia

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July 31, 2013
Constantin
Rezlescu,
Department of Psychology, Harvard University,
Author
Tirta
Susilo,
Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London, UK,
Author
Jason
J.S.
Barton,
Departments of Medicine (Neurology) and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada,
Author
Brad
Duchaine,
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, USA,
Author
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Cortex, Volume 50, January 2014, Pages 200–203.

People frequently evaluate facial attractiveness and make inferences about character traits from faces, and these evaluations are consistent across observers (Todorov, Said, & Verosky, 2011). Do these face evaluations rely on the same perceptual mechanisms as facial identity recognition? By using three test formats, one of which is identical to the format used to assess identity processing (CFPT), our findings provide firm evidence that identity processing and face evaluations can dissociate in prosopagnosia.

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