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


Jiahui Guo - PhD Student

What is the nature behind face recognition ability and what happens when we perceive a face? We interact with faces in our daily lives when we are on the street, at home, watching television, and even surfing the internet, but we still do not know exactly how our brains process this information. Jiahui's interest focuses on using both behavioral and neural imaging methods to understand the neural mechanisms behind face perception and recognition. She got her B.S. degree from Beijing Normal University in China and worked in Liu Lab during her undergraduate time.



Lilian (You) Cheng - PhD Student

Lily is a second year graduate student in the PBS PhD program. She received her B.S. from South China Normal University and received her training in the Qu Lab as well as the Chen Lab. Her primary research investigates visual identification and its application. She also studies the neuromechanism underlying social behavior related to vision.



Yoon Kyung Kim - Research Assistant

Yoon graduated the American School in Japan in Tokyo, Japan and is now a junior at Dartmouth. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Economics. She has been working in the lab since January 2014 as an undergraduate research assistant. Yoon plans to combine her two majors and go into the field of Marketing and study human behavior in making economic decisions.


Remote 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 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, but maintains close ties with the Social Perception lab. Kirsten studies the development of normal and abnormal face recognition in children.

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Hua Yang - Graduated PhD Student

Hua graduated as a PhD student from Dartmouth in 2015. She received her B.S. from Peking University and got trained in Fang Lab as well as Meng Lab.

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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.

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Previous Lab Members


Constantin Rezlescu

Costi is a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab at Harvard University. He is interested in learning about the mechanisms underlying object recognition, with a particular emphasis on face processing. He works with typical and neuropsychological populations to answer questions related to the functional and neural bases of face perception, the specificity of face mechanisms, prosopagnosia, the neural organisation and representation of object knowledge. Costi's PhD was supervised by Nick Chater and Vince Walsh at University College London. At Dartmouth he examined the facial identity recognition and impression formation by studying individuals with acquired prosopagnosia.
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Tirta Susilo

Tirta is a lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He uses psychophysics, patient studies, and individual differences to study face and object recognition and their disruptions in disorders such as prosopagnosia. Tirta worked with Brad Duchaine as a postdoc at Dartmouth College from 2011-2015.


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Erica Schwartz

Erica is a Hanover High School graduate, and currently studies psychology and computer science at Tufts University. She has worked on a brochure and a website for the lab, and has assisted in the research of childhood developmental prosopagnosia.



Jesse L. Gomez

Jesse hails from the beaches of Southern California and was a neuroscience major at Dartmouth. He is now getting his PhD at Stanford University studying the neuroscience of vision and perception. He is particularly interested in how the brain is wired up, how experience leads to changes in brain activity and organization across development, and what happens when this development goes awry.

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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. After postdocs at MIT and NIH, David took a position as a lecturer at the University of York in England.

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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 Hooker 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. After a postdoc at Harvard University with Ken Nakayama, Lúcia is now a Lecturer at Brunel University in London.

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Marta Ponari

Marta will start as a lecturer at the University of Kent in 2014, after completing her 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.