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New Research Helps Explain How The Brain Decides What Is A Face And What Just Resembles One

New Research Helps Explain How The Brain Decides What Is A Face And What Just Resembles One | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Objects that resemble faces are everywhere. Whether it's New Hampshire's erstwhile granite "Old Man of the Mountain," or Jesus' face on a tortilla, our brains are adept at locating images that look like faces.

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New research sheds light on how we see family resemblance in faces

New research sheds light on how we see family resemblance in faces | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Whether comparing a man and a woman or a parent and a baby, we can still see when two people of different age or sex are genetically related. How do we know that people are part of a family?
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Patterns of connections reveal brain functions

Patterns of connections reveal brain functions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, neuroscientists have known that many of the cells in a brain region called the fusiform gyrus specialize in recognizing faces. However, those cells don't act alone: They need to communicate with several other parts of the brain. By tracing those connections, MIT neuroscientists have now shown that they can accurately predict which parts of the fusiform gyrus are face-selective.
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Merging emotional information from voice and faces in the brain.

Klasen et al. find the ventral posterior cingulate to be a central structure for supramodal representation of complex emotional information. The left amygdala reflects input of happy stimuli from multiple sensory inputs

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