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About functional cortical specialization: The development of face recognition

(from the chapter) Determined whether adults' face-processing abilities might not develop within a system which progressively specializes in dealing with this particular kind of information during infancy. Available data show that there exist several attentional and visual information-processing systems that are not specialized in face processing as such, but which jointly handle several components of face processing and memorizing. The authors examine infants' processing and memorizing patterns, whether the ability to process and memorize individual physiognomies shows the emergence of a specialization, and the right-hemisphere advantage and various modes of processing. The authors describe events possibly leading to the development of the right hemispheric advantage for face recognition and discuss early regional specialization vs overall diffusion of signals and processing systems . They argue that regular daily exposure to faces does not suffice to account for face-processing development in infants. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)