Tirta Susilo

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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Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2015–

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, USA, 2014


Education & Training

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dartmouth College, USA, 2011–2015

PhD, Psychology, Australian National University, Australia, 2011

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

BEng, Industrial Engineering, Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia, 2003



I study visual cognition with a focus on face and object recognition. Current projects concern the following:

1. The format of face representation

Humans excel at recognizing faces across substantial changes in appearance. What kinds of representations 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. What is the cause of this condition, and what can it tell us about normal face recognition?

3. Modularity in face recognition

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

4. Development of face recognition

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

5. Faces and real-world outcomes

Humans frequently draw inferences about character traits such as attractiveness, trustworthiness, and competence from the face. Are these inferences related to outcomes in politics, business, and sports?



I taught cognitive psychology (PSYC 28) at Dartmouth College in Spring 2014.



Romanska, A., Rezlescu, C., Susilo, T., Duchaine, B. & Banissy, M. J. (in press). High frequency transcranial random noise stimulation enhances perception of facial identity. Cerebral Cortex.

Yang, H., Susilo, T., & Duchaine, B. (in press). The anterior temporal face area contains invariant representations of identity that can persist despite the loss of right FFA and OFA. Cerebral Cortex.

Susilo, T., Yang. H., Potter, Z., Robbins, R., & Duchaine, B. (2015). Normal body perception despite the loss of right fusiform gyrus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(3), 614-622. pdf

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