ELSC Special Seminar: Dr. Winrich Freiwald - May. 16th, 2018

May 16, 2018

ELSC cordially invites you to the lecture given by:


Dr. Winrich Freiwald 

The Rockefeller University


On the topic of: 

The Dual Face on the Networks of Facial Perception and Movement


The lecture will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, at 16:00

at ELSC: Silberman Bldg., 3rd Wing, 6th Floor

Edmond J. Safra Campus


Light refreshments at 15:45



Humans, like all primates, take great interest in faces. Faces, by structure and dynamics, display a plethora of social information for a visual system that can extract it. The primate visual system does this through specialized hardware. The functional organization of this hardware, a network of tightly interconnected areas packed with face cells, each tuned to a different dimension of facial information, provides us with a unique model system to understand the computational principles and neural mechanisms of visual object recognition. Yet among objects faces are special: faces are more than passive displays of social information, they are active agents: they evoke emotions, activate memories, invoke thoughts about others’ mental states, draw and direct attention, and elicit communicative reactions in the perceiver. Faces trigger these processes in an automatic fashion, suggesting that these diverse cognitive functions may be supported by specialized hardware as well. In my talk, I will describe how the face-processing system encodes and transforms facial information. I will then discuss how the network is embedded in the social brain in ways suggesting specific pathways for social information processing supporting person knowledge, high-level social cognition, and the generation of emotions and facial movements.