Face Recognition and Identity #452

December 15, 2017

This week we deep dive into the science of how we recognize faces and why some of us are better -- or worse -- at this than others. We talk with Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth College, about both super recognizers and face blindness. And we speak with Matteo Martini, Psychology Lecturer at the University of East London, about a study looking at twins who have difficulty telling which one of them a photo was of.

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  • Brad Duchaine
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Guest Bios

Brad Duchaine

Brad Duchaine has been a Professor of psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College since June 2010. His lab uses neuropsychology, psychophysics, neuroimaging, and twin studies to explore the cognitive, neural, developmental, and genetic basis of social perception. Much of his work focuses on prosopagnosia, a condition defined by severe face recognition deficits. Previously he was senior lecturer and group leader lab at University College London and a postdoctoral fellow at the Vision Sciences Lab at Harvard University. He did his PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara.

Matteo Martini

Matteo Martini studied Experimental Psychology at the Psychology Department of Sapienza University of Rome. He then had a training at Fondazione Santa Lucia carrying out assessment and research on adult and elderly patients with neurodegenerative diseases. He later won a studentship for a European Ph.D. programme in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, in a laboratory directed by Professor S.M.Aglioti. The last months of his PhD course were spent in London to work on the placebo analgesia effect at the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmachology of University College London. He later held a post-doc position working with immersive virtual reality scenarios and virtual body ownership, at the EventLab (Universitat de Barcelona). His interests fall within cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology and psychotherapy.

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