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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?$
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Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, and Henry Otgaar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.001.0001

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Recognizing Others

Recognizing Others

Adaptive Changes to Person Recognition Throughout the Lifespan

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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Corrina Maguinness

Fiona N. Newell

Oxford University Press

Person recognition underpins many other cognitive tasks, including our ability to socially interact with the world. The fundamental nature of this skill is highlighted by the fact that person recognition appears to be a unique cognitive ability, which may be genetically determined. However, in adaptive nature, person recognition is tailored toward the pressures of our surrounding environment and is malleable to change throughout development, even into old age. This interaction of genetics and environment has ultimately resulted in our high level of expertise in recognizing others, which in turn is likely to have mediated our survival throughout our evolutionary history.

Keywords:   Person recognition, face recognition, human genetics, genetid fitness, species adaptation

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