NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Makes Strides in Understanding Facial Recognition
NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Dr. Winrich Freiwald, The Rockefeller University, published his latest work on macaque facila processing in Current Biology. The researchers identified a new ‘face patch’ in the brain of macaque monkeys for natural facial motion, as contrasted with a different ‘facial patch’ that encodes for face shape.
This finding shows that moving faces recruit different areas of the brain to process as compared to non-moving faces and suggests a new anatomical organization principle in the macaque facial-processing system. Macaque research may give clues to human brain function, particularly in high-level processes such as facial recognition and processing.