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Face recognition improvements in adults and children with face recognition difficulties.

Bate, S., Dalrymple, K. and Bennetts, R. J., 2022. Face recognition improvements in adults and children with face recognition difficulties. Brain Communications, 4 (2), fcac068.

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DOI: 10.1093/braincomms/fcac068


While there have been decades of clinical and theoretical interest in developmental and acquired face recognition difficulties, very little work has examined their remediation. Here, we report two studies that examined the efficacy of an existing face training programme in improving face-processing skills in adults and children with developmental face recognition impairments. The programme has only been trialled in typical children to date, where 2 weeks of perceptual training (modelled on an adapted version of the popular family game Guess Who?) resulted in face-specific improvements for memory but not perception after 2 weeks of training. In Study 1, we performed a randomized, parallel groups, placebo-controlled trial of the same programme in 20 adults with a pre-existing diagnosis of developmental prosopagnosia. Assessment tasks were administered immediately before and after training, and 2 weeks later. Face-specific gains in memory (but not perception) were observed in the experimental group and were greatest in those with the poorest face recognition skills at entry. These gains persisted 2 weeks after training ceased. In Study 2, a case-series approach was used to administer the experimental version of the training programme to four children who presented with difficulties in face recognition. Improvements in face memory were observed in three of the participants; while one also improved at face perception, there was mixed evidence for the face specificity of these gains. Together, these findings suggest plasticity in the human face recognition system through to at least mid-adulthood and also pave the way for longer-term implementations of the face training programme that will likely elicit greater gains in both adults and children.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:face perception; face recognition; prosopagnosia; remediation; training
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36876
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Apr 2022 16:01
Last Modified:25 Apr 2022 16:01


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