Perception & Illusion 1: Seeing Faces
How does our brain detect faces?
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Faces are extremely important parts of our world – and this lesson plan for pupils aged 5–7 explores how our brain detects the presence of faces.
The lesson plan uses games, photography and discussions to explore how and why our brains are particularly sensitive to faces and face-like things. Pupils will discover the ‘fusiform face area’, the part of the brain that detects and recognises faces, and the ‘Thatcher illusion’, which reveals the brain’s special sensitivity to the features of faces.
Developed for Dreamachine by A New Direction in partnership with the British Science Association, the 10-page PDF lesson plan includes plenty of prompts for discussions, plus links and resources for further learning.
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