Study evaluates whether problems in facial processing and recognition in Alzheimer's disease are a result of memory impairment or visual processing deficits.
A person with a wider face was considered to be more dominant and possess stronger leadership skills than a person with a narrower face. This was especially true of males, who were also considered to be more electable when they had a wider face. Conservatives showed more bias toward women's faces and were less likely to vote for a woman because, despite having wider faces, they perceived the candidate as less dominant. Liberals were more likely to vote for a woman but, as with conservatives, they perceived a woman with a wider face to be less dominant than a male.
Rather than trying to remember a face in its entirety, researchers say focus on the ears and specific facial markings like freckles, moles, or scars, to help build facial recognition skills.
The fusiform face area, an area of the visual cortex responsible for facial processing, develops much earlier than previously believed.
Researchers report that within the visual processing areas, information about a personally familiar or visually familiar face is shared across the brains of those with the same friends or acquaintances. Additionally, shared information about personally familiar faces extends to areas of the brain implicated in social processing, suggesting there is shared social information across the brain.
A new study reveals sex differences in the way those with alcohol use disorder process facial emotions. Men with AUD showed greater activation in frontal brain areas when processing facial emotions. The increased activation was not seen in women with AUD.
During mealtimes, a toddler's gaze toward either the hands or face has different roles in communication.
A new study questions the theory that adolescents on the autism spectrum have trouble identifying different emotions expressed on the faces of others. The findings revealed adolescents with ASD have similar accuracy, response times, and fixation on facial features as their neurotypical peers when asked to infer mental states from faces.