Brain Zapping Study Sheds Light on Facial Blindness, Stanford University Study

Published: Oct 24, 2012

Two tiny brain areas are key for seeing and recognizing faces, according to a new study that sheds light on a rare neurological disorder known as facial blindness. Stanford University neuroscientists used electrical pulses to tickle the brain areas, called the mid and posterior fusiform gyri face-selective regions. "Your nose got saggy and went off to the left," study subject Ron Blackwell said, describing a deliberately distorted face in a video accompanying the study. "You just turned into somebody else. Your face metamorphosed."

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