The Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain

Face recognition is a remarkable ability, given the tens of thousands of different faces we can recognize, sometimes even many years after a single encounter. Because of this unique ability, it has been proposed that there may exist specialized neural machinery dedicated to face recognition, as compared to the recognition of non-face objects. Dr. Ungerleider will discuss recent brain imaging studies exploring the functional architecture of face processing in the primate brain. She will focus on the neuronal network properties that mediate the discrimination and recognition of facial identity and expression.