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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rehabilitation of face-processing skills in an adolescent with prosopagnosia: Evaluation of an online perceptual training programme
Author(s): Bate, Sarah
Bennetts, Rachel J
Mole, Joseph A
Ainge, James
Gregory, Nicola Jean
Bobak, Anna Katarzyna
Bussunt, Amanda
Keywords: adolescent
case report
computer interface
evaluation study
eye movement
facial recognition
treatment outcome
video game, Adolescent
Eye Movements
Facial Recognition
Recognition (Psychology)
Treatment Outcome
User-Computer Interface
Video Games
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Bate S, Bennetts RJ, Mole JA, Ainge J, Gregory NJ, Bobak AK & Bussunt A (2015) Rehabilitation of face-processing skills in an adolescent with prosopagnosia: Evaluation of an online perceptual training programme, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25 (5), pp. 733-762.
Abstract: In this paper we describe the case of EM, a female adolescent who acquired prosopagnosia following encephalitis at the age of eight. Initial neuropsychological and eye-movement investigations indicated that EM had profound difficulties in face perception as well as face recognition. EM underwent 14weeks of perceptual training in an online programme that attempted to improve her ability to make fine-grained discriminations between faces. Following training, EM's face perception skills had improved, and the effect generalised to untrained faces. Eye-movement analyses also indicated that EM spent more time viewing the inner facial features post-training. Examination of EM's face recognition skills revealed an improvement in her recognition of personally-known faces when presented in a laboratory-based test, although the same gains were not noted in her everyday experiences with these faces. In addition, EM did not improve on a test assessing the recognition of newly encoded faces. One month after training, EM had maintained the improvement on the eye-tracking test, and to a lesser extent, her performance on the familiar faces test. This pattern of findings is interpreted as promising evidence that the programme can improve face perception skills, and with some adjustments, may at least partially improve face recognition skills. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
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Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation on 04 Nov 2014, available online:

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