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Seminar Abstract

Our experiences with faces and language shape face perception.

Speaker : Dr Edwin Burns, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Date : 23rd of February 2017, 12:00PM until 1:00PM
Location : M3.14 South Psychology Block, The University of Western Australia.

    How can our recent and long term experiences with faces alter face perception? Are certain aspects of perceiving faces reliant upon domain general processes that interact with language ability? In the first part of my talk, I will show how our recent temporal and spatial exposure to faces can impact upon face perception. In the second part, I will discuss how our long term experiences with language and faces can surprisingly alter our face perception abilities. Here, I will initially present evidence for how a sustained reduc6on in visual experiences with faces during childhood can negatively impact upon both face memory and emotion perception in adulthood. Finally, I will present ways in which our long term experiences with language can be linked to domain general aspects of face perception in both neurotypical and neuropsychological populations.

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