Spatial contrast sensitivity in facial recognition

Matthew Rizzo, James J. Corbett, H. Stanley Thompson, Antonio R. Damasio

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Recognition and learning of complex images may depend on spatial processing characteristics of the visual system. Prosopagnosia, an impairment of visual learning and recognition of faces, might result from impaired perception in spatial channels carrying crucial information. We studied spatial contrast sensitivity (SCS) in two subjects with stable facial recognition defects. One had relative SCS reduction for high-frequency gratings but could process high frequencies in room light. The other had normal SCS. Both had intact spatial processing relative to image size. The results suggest that impairments in visual spatial channels are not necessary for the development of prosopagnosia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1254-1256
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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