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Does Facial Identity and Facial Expression Recognition Involve Separate Visual Routes?

Andrew J. Calder

in Oxford Handbook of Face Perception

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559053
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559053.013.0022

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Does Facial Identity and Facial Expression Recognition Involve Separate Visual Routes?

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This article discusses how research on the image-based analysis of facial images has informed this debate by demonstrating that a single representational system for facial identity and facial expression is not only computationally viable, but can simulate existing cognitive data demonstrating apparent dissociable processing of these two facial properties. It discusses the increasing number of cognitive studies that provide support for this view. Neuropsychological case studies of brain-injured patients and provide limited evidence for separate visual routes processing facial identity and facial expression. It deals with neuroimaging studies addressing both facial identity and facial expression processing which shows that the fusiform gyrus contributes to the recognition of both facial properties. Research continues to reinforce the proposal that a common visual framework supports the representation of at least some aspects of facial identity and facial expression.

Keywords: image-based analysis; facial identity; facial expression; visual routes; cognitive data

Article.  11379 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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