Adaptive Changes to Person Recognition Throughout the Lifespan
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.
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