Dr. Kirsten Dalrymple
Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota
51 East River Parkway
kad [at] umn.edu
+1 (612) 625 8036
I am very excited to continue my research on developmental prosopagnosia in children at the Institute, while continuing an active collaboration with Brad Duchaine and the Social Perception Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College
Focus of Research
My research interests involve the study of normal and abnormal visual perception. My primary research is aimed at studying developmental prosopagnosia in children. Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is the inability to recognize faces without any known brain injury or anomaly, a condition that is estimated to affect about 2% of the general population.
Research on DP with adult participants has led to important findings about the cognitive, neural, and genetic bases of DP, yet little has been done to study this condition in children. This is surprising given that DP is due to a failure to develop the mechanisms necessary for face recognition and therefore emerges early in life. Critically, the study of DP in children will allow us answer important questions about abnormal and normal face perception, and the function and development of the visual system in general. Learning about the etiology and progression of DP may also lead to deeper understanding of other selective developmental deficits such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and specific language impairment.
Three primary goals of my research on childhood DP are to 1) develop diagnostic tools, 2) study its developmental trajectory, and 3) identify and treat individuals with DP.
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My other research interests involve investigating the neural mechanisms of visual perception through the study of adults with abnormal high-level vision (e.g. acquired prosopagnosia, prosopometamorphopsia, simultanagnosia, etc...)
Do you think that your child may be face blind? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tests of Face Perception for Children and the Dartmouth Database of Children's Faces (DDCF)
During the process of developing tests of face perception for children, we took photos of over 120 children. These children posed 8 different facial expressions and were photographed from 5 different camera angles, under controlled lighting conditions. These facial expressions were rated for their believability by 20 independent raters. The top 40 female and 40 male models were included in a freely available database for use in research studies. To find out more about, or request access to the database, click here. Some of our tests of face perception are also available for download upon request.
- 2015-present Research Associate & Lecturer, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
- 2013-2015 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
- 2010-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Perception Laboratory, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College & Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.
- 2006 - 2010 PhD Psychology University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
- 2004 - 2006 MA Psychology University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
- 2000 - 2004 BSc (Hons) Psychology Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
- CPSY 4341: Perceptual Development, University of Minnesota, Fall 2015
- PSYC 6: Introduction to Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, Fall 2011
Honors and Awards
- 2015 Postdoctoral Association Career Development Award, University of Minnesota
- 2013-2015 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).
- 2010-2011 British Columbia Psychological Association Gold Medal Award for outstanding achievement of a Doctoral student in Psychology, British Columbia, Canada.
- 2009 President’s Travel Scholarship in Psychology – Department of Psychology, UBC.
- 2008 Quinn Exchange Fellowship – Department of Psychology, UBC.
- 2008 Demetrios Papageorgis Teaching Assistant Award of Merit – Department of Psychology, UBC.
- 2007 Certificate of Academic Excellence (for outstanding Master’s thesis) – Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
- 2007 Senior Graduate Studentship – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).
- 2006 President’s Travel Scholarship in Psychology – Department of Psychology, UBC.
- 2006 Post-Graduate Studentship (Doctoral) – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
- 2005 Junior Graduate Studentship – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).
- 2005 Post-Graduate Studentship (Master’s) – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
- 2004 Graduate Entrance Scholarship – Department of Psychology, UBC.
- Dalrymple, K.A. & Duchaine, B. (in press). Impaired face detection may explain some but not all cases of developmental prosopagnosia. Developmental Science.
- Alonso‐Prieto, E., Pancaroglu, R., Dalrymple, K.A., Handy, T., Barton, J.J.S, & Oruc, I. (2015). Temporal dynamics of the face familiarity effect: bootstrap analysis of single‐subject ERP data. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 32(5), 266-282.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Garrido, L., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Dissociation between face perception and face memory in adults, but not children, with developmental prosopagnosia. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 10, 10-20.
- Dalrymple, K.A.*, Fletcher, K.*, Corrow, S., das Nair, R., Barton, J., Yonas, A., & Duchaine, B. (2014). “A room full of strangers every day”: The psychosocial impact of developmental prosopagnosia on children and their families. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 77(2), 144-150.
- Dalrymple, K.A.*, Davies-Thompson, J.*, Oruc, I., Handy, T., Barton, J., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Spontaneous perceptual facial distortions correlate with ventral occipitotemporal activity. Neuropsychologia, 59, 179-191.
- Dalrymple, K.A. (2014). Prosopagnosia. In: M.J. Aminoff & R.B. Daroff (Eds.). Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
2E. San Diego: Academic Press.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Gomez, J., & Duchaine, B. (2013). The Dartmouth Database of Children's Faces: Acquisition and validation of a new face stimulus set. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79131.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Gray, A., Perler, B., Birmingham, E., Bischof, W.F., Baron, J.J.S., & Kingstone, A. (2013). Eying the eyes in social scenes: Evidence for top-down control of attention in simultanagnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 30(1), 25-40.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Barton, J.J.S., & Kingstone, A. (2013). A world unglued: Simultanagnosia as a spatial restriction of attention. Frontiers in Neuroscience.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Corrow, S., Yonas, A., & Duchaine, B. (2012). Developmental prosopagnosia in childhood. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 29(5-6), 393-418.
- Oruç, I., Krigolson, O., Dalrymple, K.A., Nagamatsu, L., Handy, T., & Barton, J. (2011). Bootstrap analysis of the single subject with event related potentials. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28(5), 322-337.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Oruç, I., Duchaine, B., Pancaroglu, R., Fox, C.J., Iaria, G., Handy, T.C. & Barton, J.J.S. (2011). The neuroanatomic basis of the right face-selective N170 in acquired prosopagnosia: A combined ERP/fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2553-2563.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Birmingham, E., Bischof, W.F., Barton, J.J.S., & Kingstone, A. (2011). Opening a window on attention: Documenting and simulating recovery from simultanagnosia. Cortex, 47(7), 787-799.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Birmingham, E., Bischof, W.F., Barton, J.J.S., & Kingstone, A. (2011). Experiencing simultanagnosia through windowed viewing of complex social scenes. Brain Research, 1367(7), 265-277.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Bischof, W., Cameron, D., Barton, J., & Kingstone, A. (2010). Simulating simultanagnosia: spatially constricted vision mimics local capture and the global processing deficit. Experimental Brain Research, 202 (2), 445-455.
- Dalrymple, K.A. & Kingstone, A. (2010). Time to act and attend to the real mechanisms of action and attention. British Journal of Psychology, 101, 213-216.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Kingstone, A., & Handy, T.C. (2009). ERP evidence for a dual-locus model of Global/Local processing. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26, 456-470.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Bischof, WF, Cameron, D., Barton, J.J.S., & Kingstone, A. (2009). Global perception in simultanagnosia is not as simple as a game of connect-the-dots. Vision Research, 49, 1901-1908.
- Dalrymple, K.A., Kingstone, A., & Barton, J.J.S. (2007). Seeing trees OR seeing forests in simultanagnosia: Attentional capture can be local or global. Neuropsychologia, 45, 871-875.
*These authors contributed equally.