Face Recognition Study The ability to recognize other faces and emotional expressions is a significant component of social cognition. This comparative study examines how particular areas of the brain may be involved in the development of this ability.
A Four-site Study on Face Recognition in Humans and Monkeys
In the mature brain, regions of the inferior temporal cortex (a part of the brain suspected to play a role in processing visual information) has been implicated in face recognition; and the amygdala has been implicated in the recognition of emotion.
This study seeks to determine when during development these parts of the brain start to be active in face and emotion recognition. In particular, the researchers are interested in the effects of early disturbances in these areas (physical disruptions, such as lesions, or social/emotional disruptions, such as social deprivation) on the development of the ability to recognize faces and emotions.…
Neuroimaging Studies of Previously Institutionalized Infants Adopted in the US Although much media attention has focused on the abnormal behavioral development of children adopted from institutional orphanages, to date no one has examined how brain structure or function correlates with these abnormal behaviors. This study attempts to examine, using fMRI, the relation between brain structural and functional development and behavioral outcomes in children adopted from institutional orphanages.
IMAGING OF FORMERLY INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILDREN ADOPTED IN THE U.S.
Much is known about the outcomes of children who are adopted after being institutionalized, such as attentional, emotional, and behavioral disturbances. However, little is known about how institutionalization affects the structure and function of the brain, which in turn affects the observed behavioral outcomes.
This study examines whether observed aberrant behavior in previously institutionalized children correlates with MRI-based morphometry (the size and shape of brain structures) or patterns of brain activity detected using …