Domain-specific development of face memory but not face perception
Sarah Weigelt, Kami Koldewyn, Daniel D. Dilks, Benjamin Balas, Elinor McKone and Nancy Kanwisher
Article first published online: 7 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/desc.12089
How does the remarkable human ability for face recognition arise over development? Competing theories have proposed either late maturity (beyond 10 years) or early maturity (before 5 years), but have not distinguished between perceptual and memory aspects of face recognition. Here, we demonstrate a perception–memory dissociation. We compare rate of development for (adult, human) faces versus other social stimuli (bodies), other discrete objects (cars), and other categories processed in discrete brain regions (scenes, bodies), from 5 years to adulthood.