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11 March 2011

How we combine faces, voices

Faces and voices are some of the key features that enable us to identify individual people. New research looks at how we combine the two.

Human social interactions are shaped by our ability to recognise people. Faces and voices are known to be some of the key features that enable us to identify individual people, and are rich in information such as gender, age, and body size, characteristics that lead to a unique identity for each person.

A team of researchers in Belgium used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity in 14 participants, while performing a task in which they recognised previously learned faces, voices, and voice-face associations.

 
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