Reading Faces: From Features to Recognition

Trends Cogn Sci. 2017 Dec;21(12):915-916. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.09.007. Epub 2017 Sep 19.


Chang and Tsao recently reported that the monkey face patch system encodes facial identity in a space of facial features as opposed to exemplars. Here, we discuss how such coding might contribute to face recognition, emphasizing the critical role of learning and interactions with other brain areas for optimizing the recognition of familiar faces.

Keywords: code for face identity; face learning; face recognition; facial features; primate face processing system; view-invariant identity.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain*
  • Learning
  • Primates
  • Reading*