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Title: Super-recognition in development: A case study of an adolescent with extraordinary face recognition skills
Authors: Bennetts, RJ
Mole, J
Bate, S
Keywords: Super recognizers;Face recognition;Eye movements;Individual differences;Development;Prosopagnosia
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Cognitive Neuropsychology, 2017, 34 (6), pp. 357 - 376
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.
ISSN: 0264-3294
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