Principal Investigator


Brad Duchaine

Brad is Associate Professor of psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College. He has been here since June 2010. Previously he was senior lecturer and group leader lab at University College London and a postdoctoral fellow at the Vision Sciences Lab at Harvard University. He did his PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of California - Santa Barbara.

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Present Lab Members


Kirsten Dalrymple - Post Doctoral Fellow

Kirsten completed her Masters and PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the E-Lab at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, but she still works closely with the Social Perception lab as she continutes to study normal and abnormal face perception in children. Little is known about developmental face recognition problems in children, so Kirsten is in the process of working with children with normal and impaired face recognition to try to understand how different face processing abilities (e.g. identity recognition, expression recognition, etc) develop.

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Tirta Susilo - Post Doctoral Fellow

Tirta studies face perception and its disorders as a window into the functional architecture of the human mind and brain. He combines laboratory experiments, web experiments, lesion studies, and data mining to characterize the cognitive and neural mechanisms of face perception, their emergence in development, their differences across individuals, and their evolutionary origins. Tirta is originally from Indonesia, and he holds a PhD from the Australian National University.

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Hua Yang - PhD Student

Hua is a PhD student at Dartmouth. She got her B.S from Peking University and received training from Fang Lab as well as Meng Lab. Her interest is always only one word: Vision.

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Zachary Potter - Research Assistant

Zack—a Napa, California native—has just graduated from UCSD with a BS in Psychology and is preparing to apply to medical school. He has been working in the lab since fall 2012, primarily developing and managing an online interface that the lab uses to run web experiments via Amazon Turk. Zack has also helped develop the Cambridge Body Memory Test. Zack plans to combine his research experience from this lab with those from his previous labs at UCSD and the University of Cambridge to help shape his future research interests.



Ji Hyae Lee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ji Hyae is an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College from Seoul, Korea. As a presidential scholar research assistant, she is working on the Cambridge Bike Memory Test, which is similar in format to the Cambridge Face Memory Test, a test designed to identify children with face recognition impairments.



Ishita Kala - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ishita is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College majoring in psychology and government. She is originally from southeastern Connecticut. As a research assistant, she is interested in prosopagnosia and developmental mechanisms of face processing. She is currently working on projects that examine gender-related aftereffects, the effects of partial-report on the processing of facial characteristics, and an emotions test for children with prosopagnosia.



Erica Schwartz - Volunteer Research Assistant

Erica is a member of the Hanover High School class of 2013, and hopes to study neuroscience in college. She has worked on a brochure for the lab, and will be assisting in the research of childhood developmental prosopagnosia.


Previous Lab Members


Constantin Rezlescu

Costi is a PhD student from University College London, interested in face cognition, consequences of social evaluations of faces (trustworthiness in particular) and deception detection. His PhD is supervised by Nick Chater and Vince Walsh. At Dartmouth he will examine the links between facial identity recognition and impression formation by studying individuals with acquired prosopagnosia.



Jesse L. Gomez

Jesse hails from the warm beaches of Southern California and was a neuroscience major at Dartmouth, but is now doing a PhD at Stanford University. He is interested in developmental cognitive neuroscience and is currently exploring the behavioral and functional substrates of social perception. His work focuses on cognitive and perceptual differences across age groups, and what happens when these processes go awry in development. In order to research one such deficit, developmental prosopagnosia, he has been designing experiments to accurately measure face memory and processing within children in addition to populating the first children’s database of face stimuli. His current thesis project investigates whether or not differential FFA activity attributed to the own-age bias is reflected in downstream attentional mechanisms.



Zahra Basseda

Zahra received her M.D. from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She had been self-studing neuroscience since the last year of high school. She had worked on emotional intelligence of psychotic patients, reward-associated memory, and face space models of face perception. Here she has developed tests to evaluate visual field asymmetries in aquired prosopagnosia. She has also designed web-based psychophysical experiments for testing remote subjects. Now she is designing new tests to evaluate object perception in humans.

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David Pitcher

David's research involves studying the neural correlates of face processing and object recognition in the human brain using TMS and fMRI. His PhD was supervised by Vincent Walsh and Brad Duchaine at UCL. He is now a postdoc in Leslie Ungerleider's lab at NIH.

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Laura Germine

Laura is a postdoc in Jordan Smoller's lab in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the creator of She was Brad's research assistant from 2005 to 2007. She did her PhD at Harvard University with Christine Hooke and also collaborated on many projects with Ken Nakayama and Jeremy Wilmer in the Vision Lab. Her research is in the area of Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology.

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Michael Banissy

Michael is a lecturer at Goldsmiths College who spent some time in Social Perception Lab at UCL. He uses brain stimulation and brain imaging to study the neurocognitive mechanisms of social perception. He also works on synesthesia in the visual and tactile domains. He completed his PhD at UCL under the supervision of Vincent Walsh and has since completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship with Brad Duchaine.

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Richard Cook

Rich is a lecturer in the Psychology Department at City Univerity in London. His work with the Social Perception lab is concerned with the parallels and dissociations between the perception of faces and bodies. He is interested in the degree to which bodies also recruit specialised mechanisms, similar to those revealed through the study of faces.

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Lucia Garrido

Lúcia did her PhD at UCL supervised by Brad. Her research concerned how prosopagnosics recognise facial expression of emotion and she also investigated structural brain differences between those with and without developmental prosopagnosia. Lucia is also interested in voice recognition. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University working with Ken Nakayama.

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Marta Ponari

Marta is now a postdoc at UCL with Gabriella Vigliocco. She was a visiting student in the Social Perception Lab at UCL while she doing her PhD in Naples. Her PhD addressed a variety of aspects of face processing and facial expression recognition, using behavioral, neuropsychological, and TMS experiments.

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Raka Tavashmi

Raka was the lab Research Manager from 2007 to 2009. She was responsible for co-ordinating group projects, coding experiments, recruiting & testing subjects, data collection & management, and related activities. She is also the creator of this website. She has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Pune, India, and an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh.