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3. There is considerable evidence that humans use a specific brain area when recognizing and processing faces, but researchers differ in their opinions on whether this is due to innate (i.e. present from birth) ability or the fact that we have seen so many faces over our lifetimes that we have become face ‘experts’. Describe in detail two pieces of evidence that support each of these positions and explain why they support that position. There pieces of evidence that support the stance where facial recognition is innate. There are several pieces of evidence that suggest that face recognition might be special: Infants show a tendency to track moving faces, at just 30 minutes old. Face agnosia without object agnosia;
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Unformatted text preview: object agnosia without face agnosia. In other words, some parts of the human brain are built just for facial recognition, which suggest that facial recognition is innate. However, pieces of information suggest that facial recognition is a learned behavior. In monkey IT, face columns are intermingled with other columns (objects/shapes). Actually, prosopagnosics often show impaired recognition ability for non-face objects within a category (e.g., birds, cars, etc). After training people to recognize non-face objects, subjects show face-recognition-like performance (e.g., inversion effect)…...
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