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Enigma of how faces are encoded in the brain | ScienceDaily

Enigma of how faces are encoded in the brain | ScienceDaily

When you look at photos of faces, your brain is able to instantly identify the ones that you know — whether they’re your mother or your favorite celebrity — and distinguish among those that you’ve never seen before. In recent years, neuroscientists have begun to peek inside the brain’s black box to understand how the brain is able to recognize and perceive faces. Now, in a study published June 1 in the journal Cell, researchers report that they have cracked the code for facial identity in the primate brain.

“We’ve discovered that this code is extremely simple,” says senior author Doris Tsao, a professor of biology and biological engineering at the California Institute of Technology. “A practical consequence of our findings is that we can now reconstruct a face…

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