[FieldTrip] Special issue - Research topic

Davide Rivolta drivolta81 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 12:15:57 CEST 2013

Dear FieldTrippers,

I would like to advertise a Special Issue hosted by Frontiers in Human
Neuroscience entitled: "Facing the other: Novel theories and methods in
face perception research".

Here is the link:

 Topic Editors:

 Davide Rivolta<http://www.frontiersin.org/Community/WhosWhoActivity.aspx?sname=DavideRivolta&UID=43243>,
Max Planck Society, Germany
 Aina Puce<http://www.frontiersin.org/Community/WhosWhoActivity.aspx?sname=AinaPuce_1&UID=13489>,
Indiana University, USA
 Mark A. Williams<http://www.frontiersin.org/Community/WhosWhoActivity.aspx?sname=MarkWilliams&UID=10426>,
Macquarie University, Australia

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 Nov 2013

Deadline for full article submission: 28 Feb 2014

We rely heavily on faces during social interactions. Humans possess the
ability to recognise thousands of people very quickly and accurately
without effort. The serious social difficulties that follow abnormalities
of the face recognition system (i.e., prosopagnosia) strongly underline the
importance of typical face skills in our everyday life. Over the last fifty
years, research on prosopagnosia, along with research in the healthy
population, has provided insights into the cognitive and neural features
behind typical face recognition. This has also been achieved thanks to
non-invasive neuroimaging techniques such as functional Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG),
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
However, there is still much debate about the cognitive and neural
mechanisms of face perception.
In the current “Research Topic” we plan to gather experimental works,
opinions, commentaries, mini-reviews and reviews that focus on new or novel
theories and methods in face perception research. Where is the field at the
moment? Do we need to re-think the experimental procedures we have adopted
so far? Again, what kind of techniques (or combination of them) and
analysis methods will be important in the future? From the experimental
point of view we invite both behavioural and neuroimaging contributions
(e.g., fMRI, EEG, MEG, DTI and TMS).
Despite the main emphasis on face perception, memory and identification, we
will also consider original works that focus on other aspects of face
processing, such as expression recognition, attractiveness judgments and
face imagery. In addition, animal investigations and experimental
manipulations that alter face recognition abilities in typical human
subjects (e.g., hypnosis) are also welcome. Overall, we are proposing a
Research Topic that looks at face processing using different perspectives
and welcome contributions from different domains such as psychology,
neurology, neuroscience, cognitive science and philosophy.

Last year we lost two giants in the field: Shlomo Bentin and Truett
Allison. We dedicate this Research Topic to them and their pioneering

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