Developmental prosopagnosia often occurs as a result of a neurobiological problem in the brain, which affects visual recognition broadly, a new study indicates. People with face blindness or developmental prosopagnosia (DP) have severe difficulties recognizing faces, including those of family and friends, despite having no history of brain damage (e.g., brain trauma, head injuries). “Our… Read more

Regions of the brain that are key to facial recognition form only through experience and are absent in primates who don’t encounter faces while growing up, a Harvard Medical School team has found. Scientists have long deemed the ability to recognize faces innate for people and other primates — something our brains just know how… Read more

Babies prefer to look at faces and pictures of faces over any other object or pattern. A recent study found that even fetuses in the womb will turn their heads towards dots of light shone through the mother’s skin if the dots broadly resemble a face. Brain imaging studies show that face recognition depends on… Read more

As you walk down a crowded street, your brain is constantly processing a myriad of visual stimuli. Faces are particularly important social stimuli. Just as you would expect, the human brain has networks of neurons dedicated to processing faces. These cells process social information such as whether individual faces in the crowd are happy, threatening… Read more

Whether functioning as a hormone or a neurotransmitter, oxytocin is involved in a series of important physiological and psychological functions. For example, it may promote maternal attachment, lactation, pair bonding and group cohesion. But the picture is actually more complex; in some circumstances it can even lead to aggressive behavior. Experimental results have also shown… Read more