Seminar Series

Face perception, face recognition and the processing of emotional facial expression: Evidence from event-related brain potentials

This talk will review recent studies using electrophysiological recordings to investigate successive and parallel stages in face processing. Guided by the model proposed by Bruce & Young (1986), a series of studies are presented that investigated the pre-categorical perceptual processing of faces (structural encoding), the detection of facial identity, and, most importantly, the processing of emotional facial expression. The roles of selective attention and of different spatial frequencies for the processing of emotional expression will also be discussed.