Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2020 Vol. 13 Issue 69

Petrakova A.V., Mikadze Yu.V., Tursunov V.V. The contribution of the right and left hemisphere to the face perception

Russian version: Петракова А.В., Микадзе Ю.В., Турсунов В.В. Вклад правого и левого полушария в восприятие лиц

National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia
Lomonosov Moscow State University,Moscow, Russia
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia
Center for Cerebrovascular Pathology and Stroke, Moscow, Russia
Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia

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Face perception, one of most important social abilities, can be defined as the ability to perceive face as a whole along with all of its parts and the relations between them. This face-specific strategy is titled configural processing. Recent studies have shown that the degree of expression of configural processing strategy depends on the quality of stimulus material utilized during the experiment. Specifically, it was demonstrated that configural face processing is mostly applied towards faces of familiar or famous people whereas unfamiliar people’ faces are rather processed as physical objects. Here we report our findings from the neuropsychological assessment of 22 patients with lesions in the posterior regions of the brain who performed part-whole recognition tasks.  Our results showed that familiar faces with non-specific details are processed as social stimulus via configural face processing. Right hemisphere was found to manage this type of face processing. Left hemisphere is in turn responsible for processing of faces of unfamiliar people without non-specific features.

Keywords: face cognition, face perception, configural face processing, part-whole recognition effect, right and left cerebral hemispheres, lesions of the posterior parts of cerebral hemispheres

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Authors thank their German colleagues, Professor Werner Sommer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Professor Andrea Hildebrandt (University of Oldenburg) for providing stimulus material and tasks from Berlin Face Test.


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Received 28 February 2020. Date of publication: 28 March 2020.

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Petrakova Anastasia V. PhD, Postdoc Fellow, Center of Psychometrics and Measurements in Education, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Mikadze Yury V. PhD, Professor, Department of Neuro- and Patopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Sociology, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University; Center for Cerebrovascular Pathology and Stroke, Leninskie Gory, 1, 119234 Moscow, Russia.
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Tursunov Vladislav V. PhD student, Psychology Department, Institute for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, prospekt Vernadskogo, 84, 119571 Moscow, Russia.
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Petrakova A.V., Mikadze Yu.V., Tursunov V.V. The contribution of the right and left hemisphere to the face perception. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2020, Vol. 13, No. 69, p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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