Seeing the face through the eyes: a developmental perspective on face expertise

Teodora Gliga, Gergely Csibra

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Most people are experts in face recognition. We propose that the special status of this particular body part in telling individuals apart is the result of a developmental process that heavily biases human infants and children to attend towards the eyes of others. We review the evidence supporting this proposal, including neuroimaging results and studies in developmental disorders, like autism. We propose that the most likely explanation of infants' bias towards eyes is the fact that eye gaze serves important communicative functions in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Action to Cognition
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProgress in Brain Research
ISSN (Print)0079-6123


  • amygdala
  • development
  • expertise
  • face recognition
  • gaze perception
  • infancy

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