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Intranasal Inhalation of Oxytocin Improves Face Processing in Developmental Prosopagnosia.

Bennetts, R., Bate, S., Cook, S., Duchaine, B., Tree, J. J., Burns, E. and Hodgson, T. L., 2013. Intranasal Inhalation of Oxytocin Improves Face Processing in Developmental Prosopagnosia. In: European Conference on Visual Perception, 25--29 August 2013, Bremen, Germany, 78 - 78 .

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Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is characterised by a severe, lifelong impairment in face recognition. Little work has attempted to improve face processing in these individuals, but intriguingly, recent evidence suggests oxytocin can improve face processing in both healthy participants and individuals with autism. This study examined whether oxytocin could also improve face processing in individuals with DP. Ten adults with the condition and 10 matched controls were tested using a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind within-subject experimental design (AB-BA). Each participant took part in two testing sessions where they inhaled 24IU of oxytocin or placebo spray and completed two face processing tests: one assessing face memory and the other face perception. Results showed main effects of both participant group and treatment condition in both face processing tests, but the two did not interact. Specifically, the performance of DP participants was significantly lower than control performance under both oxytocin and placebo conditions, but oxytocin improved processing to a similar extent in both groups.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Face perception ; Oxytocin ; Prosopagnosia
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:21534
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 16:18
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:50


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