THE COGNITIVE IMPLICATIONS OF STUDIES ON FACIAL ASYMMETRY: A GENERAL DISCUSSION

Authors:
Raymond Bruyer
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207599008247859
Pages:
229–236
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 25 Issue 2

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This General Discussion surveys studies on asymmetry and neuropsychological deficits in the production of several kinds of facial activities, with the main purpose of scrutinizing the field in search of its contribution to neuropsychology considered as a particular domain (or method) of cognitive psychology. In this respect, four points are emphasized: the object of research (cognitive processes, not brain mechanisms), the information‐processing approach of a complex process of which the facial behavior is only the overt end‐product, the specificity of mechanisms underlying facial expression, and the single‐case methodology.

L'objectif principal de cette Discussion Générale est de cerner la contribution des études de la pathologie et/ou de l'asymétrie des conduites faciales à la neuropsychologie, conçue comme un domaine particulier de la psychologie cognitive. Quatre aspects sont soulignés: l'object d'étude (les processus cognitifs et non les mécanismes cérébraux); l'approche en termes de traitement de l'information d'un processus complexe dont le comportement facial n'est que le résultat visible; la question de la spécificité des mécanismes sous‐jacents à l'expression faciale; la méthodologie du cas unique.

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