Super-recognition in development: A case study of an adolescent with extraordinary face recognition skills.

Bennetts, R.J., Mole, J. and Bate, S., 2017. Super-recognition in development: A case study of an adolescent with extraordinary face recognition skills. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 34 (6), pp. 357-376.

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DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2017.1402755

Abstract

Face recognition abilities vary widely. While face recognition deficits have been reported in children, it is unclear whether superior face recognition skills can be encountered during development. This paper presents O.B., a 14-year-old female with extraordinary face recognition skills: a "super-recognizer" (SR). O.B. demonstrated exceptional face-processing skills across multiple tasks, with a level of performance that is comparable to adult SRs. Her superior abilities appear to be specific to face identity: She showed an exaggerated face inversion effect and her superior abilities did not extend to object processing or non-identity aspects of face recognition. Finally, an eye-movement task demonstrated that O.B. spent more time than controls examining the nose - a pattern previously reported in adult SRs. O.B. is therefore particularly skilled at extracting and using identity-specific facial cues, indicating that face and object recognition are dissociable during development, and that super recognition can be detected in adolescence.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0264-3294
Uncontrolled Keywords:Development ; eye movements ; face recognition ; individual differences ; super-recognizers
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:30105
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:11 Dec 2017 15:52
Last Modified:11 Dec 2017 15:52

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