Human face perception




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Our goal is to understand how the human brain recognizes people by their face.

We tackle this question in healthy humans (children and adults) as well as in brain-damaged patients, at multiple levels:
- behavioral responses and eye movements,
- hemodynamic brain responses (techniques: functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fMRI),
- neurophysiological responses (techniques: intra- and extra-cerebral electroencephalogram),
- brain stimulation (techniques: intracerebral electrical stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS).

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National collaborations

Face perception

  • Hans Op de Beeck, Laboratory of Biological Psychology, KULeuven
  • Rufin Vogels & Jessica Taubert, Department of Neurosciences, KULeuven

Face categorization

  • Rufin Vogels & Wim Vanduffel, KULeuven, Belgium

International collaborations

Face perception

  • Rainer Goebel Cognitive Neuroscience Department, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • John Greenwood, University College London, UK
  • Marieke Mur, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Christine Schiltz, FLSHASE, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Face categorization

  • Anthony M. Norcia, Stanford University, USA
  • Louis Maillard & Laurent Koessler, CHU Nancy, France
  • Rainer Goebel & Bettina Sorger, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Quoc Vuong, Newcastle University, UK
  • Christine Schiltz, University of Luxemburg, Luxembourg
  • Michael Webster & Fang Jiang, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
  • Tim Curran, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • Frédéric Gosselin, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • James Tanaka & Daniel Bub, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Michael Tarr, Carnegie Mellon, USA