Scott O. Murray
Weekly meetings for discussion of current topics. Prerequisite: graduate standing in psychology, or permission of instructor.
The ability to visually process information from faces is an essential skill for human social interaction. Faces provide cues to identify individuals and convey important information about the emotions and intentions of others. A growing body of research suggests that there may be dedicated brain structures and unique visual processing strategies for faces compared to other objects; but, are these structures and processes simply a reflection of expertise with a single, behaviorally important object category? In this seminar, we will consider behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging evidence addressing the basic organization of face processing and center discussions around the debate of the "specialness" of faces.
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