Tirta Susilo

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Dartmouth College
Moore Hall 6207
Hanover, NH

email Bagus.T.Susilo [at] dartmouth.edu

+1 (603) 646 9630

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dartmouth College, 2011–now



PhD, Psychology, Australian National University, 2011

GCert, Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2006

BSc(Hons), Psychology, University of Queensland, 2005

GDip, Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, 2004

BEng, Industrial Engineering, Parahyangan Catholic University, 2003



I study visual cognition and social perception, with a focus on face recognition and prosopagnosia. Current projects address the following issues:

1. The nature of face representation

Humans excel at recognizing faces across substantial changes in appearance. What is the format of cognitive representations that give rise to this ability?

2. Prosopagnosia (face blindness)

Prosopagnosia is an acquired or developmental disorder characterized by face recognition deficits despite largely intact vision and normal intellect. What is the etiology of this condition, and what can it tell us about normal face recognition?

3. Domain-specificity in face recognition

A fundamental question in psychology and neuroscience asks whether the mind is a general-purpose machinery or a set of domain-specific modules each specialized for a particular function. Is face recognition domain-specific?

4. Lifespan development of face recognition

Infants and children acquire the ability to recognize faces naturally without formal instructions. What is the origin, development, and lifespan trajectory of this ability?

5. Face perception and real-world outcomes

Humans frequently evaluate faces on social traits. Do naïve evaluations of attractiveness, competence, athleticism etc. from the face predict real-world outcomes?



I teach PSYC 28/COGS 2 Cognition in Spring 2014. The course syllabus is here.



Rezlescu, C.* & Susilo, T.* (2014). What can the Thatcher illusion tell us about face processing in the brain? Commentary on Psalta, Young, Thompson, and Andrews (2014). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 289. (* = joint first authors) pdf

Rezlescu, C.*, Susilo, T.*, Barton, J. J. S., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Normal social evaluations of faces in acquired prosopagnosia. Cortex, 50, 200-203. (* = joint first authors) pdf

Susilo, T., Rezlescu, C., & Duchaine, B. (2013). The composite effect for inverted faces is reliable at large sample sizes and requires the basic face configuration. Journal of Vision, 13(13), 14. pdf

Susilo, T. & Duchaine, B. (2013). Dissociations between faces and words: comment on Behrmann & Plaut. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(11), 545. pdf Plaut & Behrmann response pdf

Susilo, T., Yovel, G., Barton, J. J. S., & Duchaine, B. (2013). Face perception is category-specific: Evidence from normal body perception in acquired prosopagnosia. Cognition, 129, 88-94. pdf

Susilo, T., Germine, L., & Duchaine, B. (2013). Face recognition ability matures late: Evidence from individual differences in young adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(5), 1212-1217. pdf data

Susilo, T. & Duchaine, B. (2013). Advances in developmental prosopagnosia research. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 23(3), 423-429. pdf

Dennett, H., McKone, E., Edwards, M., & Susilo. T. (2012). Face aftereffects predict individual differences in face recognition ability. Psychological Science, 23(11), 1279-1287. pdf

Susilo, T., McKone, E., Dennett, H., Darke, H., Palermo, R., Hall, A., et al. (2011). Face recognition impairments despite normal holistic processing and face space coding: Evidence from a case of developmental prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 27(8), 636-664. pdf

Susilo, T., McKone, E., & Edwards, M. (2010). Solving the upside-down puzzle: Why do upright and inverted face aftereffects look alike? Journal of Vision, 10(13), 1. pdf

Susilo, T., McKone, E., & Edwards, M. (2010). What shape are the neural response functions underlying opponent coding in face space? A psychophysical investigation. Vision Research, 50, 300-314. pdf

Susilo, T., Crookes, K., McKone, E., & Turner, H. (2009). The composite task reveals stronger holistic processing in children than adults for child faces. PLoS ONE, 4(7), e6460. pdf data

Leigh, A.* & Susilo, T.* (2009). Is voting skin-deep? Estimating the effect of candidate ballot photographs on election outcomes. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, 61-70. (* = joint first authors) pdf data