Andrea Albonico

Project Description

Face and visual word processing are the prime examples of expert visual processing. Electrophysiological and neuroimaging studies show that face and word recognition use overlapping cerebral networks in the two hemispheres, but with the key distinction that the left hemisphere is more dominant for words whereas the right is more dominant for faces. Nevertheless, the overlap suggests that face and word recognition may share and compete for neural resources during development. This concept has led to the recent “many-to-many hypothesis”, which assumes that both right and left hemisphere perform the same perceptual processing on words and faces. In neuropsychology, this predicts that a lesion to left-sided cerebral regions that cause pure alexia will also a cause a milder face processing impairment, while a right-sided lesion that causes prosopagnosia will have mild word recognition impairments. The aim of my research project is to find evidence to confirm or refute this new hypothesis, by using neuroimaging, behavioural and patient studies

Research Interests

face processing
word processing

Research Methodology

Behavioural studies
Patient studies


Faculty of Medicine