Face perception

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As social beings, other people’s faces are a major point of interest and a great source of information. Interpreting people’s facial expressions or following their gaze allows us to infer their emotional states, intentions and attention. In other words, faces are key stimuli of social interaction. Unsurprisingly, detecting, recognising, and interpreting faces are highly important skills from infancy through adulthood that help us survive in a social world, in which we often rely on interaction and cooperation. However, certain conditions, such as autism spectrum conditions, have been associated with impaired face perception, which might be an underlying cause for social difficulties.

This Collection welcomes work from various areas of psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, studying the development and underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms of face perception as well as its role in social interaction and neurological or psychiatric conditions.

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