Scientists observed auto experts’ brains as they looked at cars to discover that the region once thought specific to facial recognition “lights up” for our areas of expertise, too.
“We can’t say that the same groups of neurons process both facial images and objects of expertise, but we have now mapped the area in enough detail to rule out the possibility of an area exclusively devoted to facial recognition,” says Rankin McGugin, who conducted this research as part of her doctoral dissertation at Vanderbilt University.
This process probably helps you, too: “It helps the doctor reading X-rays, the judge looking at show dogs, the person learning to identify birds or to play chess; it even helped us when we learned brain anatomy!” says study director Isabel Gauthier.
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