Familiar people recognition disorders: An introductory review

Guido Gainotti

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The aim of this introduction is to provide a general background for the individual contributions dealing with different aspects of familiar people recognition disorders. Following are the main points considered in this survey: 1) the cognitive models proposed to explain the functional architecture of processes subsuming familiar people recognition; 2) the different roles of the right and left hemisphere in identifying people by face voice and name; 3) the anatomical structures and the cognitive processes involved in face and voice recognition; 4) the interactions that exist among the perceptual processes subsuming face and voice recognition, but not people's faces, voices and proper names; 5) the patterns of multimodal defects of familiar people recognition and their implications for current cognitive models. Finally, there is a short discussion of two models advanced to explain the role of the anterior temporal lobes in people recognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience - Scholar
Volume6 S
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Face
  • Hemispheric asymmetries
  • Impaired recognition
  • Interactions
  • Known people
  • Models
  • Patterns
  • People recognition
  • Recognition
  • Review
  • Voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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