Face processing and social interaction

Deborah M. Riby

in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199594818
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738166 | DOI:

Series: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Face processing and social interaction

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For individuals with Williams syndrome (WS), it is highly likely that face perception does not occur in a typical manner, that the neural underpinnings of these skills do not function in a typical way, and that the development of face skills follows atypical trajectories. This chapter explores two important concepts related to face perception in WS. First, that some face-processing skills may seem to be a relative strength/weakness; and second, that some face-processing skills are likely to develop along an atypical trajectory. The chapter moves through three sections, from considering structural encoding, to the interpretation of communicative face cues, and finally to considering attention to faces throughout development. Along the way, the existing data is used to probe the two concepts that have just been outlined.

Keywords: face perception; face recognition; Williams syndrome; structuring encoding; face cue; attention

Chapter.  6334 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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