Map For Reading Faces Identified In The Human Brain

The Brain


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The neurons that recognize different facial features are spread out in a similar pattern to the physical distribution of these features on an actual face. Maridav/Shutterstock

The ability to recognize faces is an important social skill, enabling us to distinguish our friends from our enemies while at the same time facilitating non-verbal communication in the form of facial expressions. Yet while most of us simply take this ability for granted, the reality is it wouldn’t be possible at all without the appropriate neurological infrastructure.