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The Ins And Outs Of Facial Processing

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August 25, 2000
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For human beings, our faces are our calling cards. They tell the world who we are and often how we are feeling. The youngest infants have a special affinity for faces, and the human brain devotes some of its most basic structures to recognizing faces and the subtleties of facial expression. Now a study using sophisticated imaging technology has shown that how a key part of the brain reacts to faces can differ depending on whether individuals are looking at faces from their own racial group or from another racial group.

For human beings, our faces are our calling cards. They tell the world who we are and often how we are feeling. The youngest infants have a special affinity for faces, and the human brain devotes some of its most basic structures to recognizing faces and the subtleties of facial expression. Now a study using sophisticated imaging technology has shown that how a key part of the brain reacts to faces can differ depending on whether individuals are looking at faces from their own racial group or from another racial group. The report from researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Amherst College, and other institutions appears in the August 2000 issue of NeuroReport.


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