Adults are experts at perceiving the human body. In this talk I will argue that expertise in perceiving bodies occurs by virtue of their ubiquity and social significance, not because of any kind of innate representation or privileged learning mechanism. I am claiming this because visual discrimination of human bodies is slow to develop in infancy, and because it is initially stimulus-dependent, becoming more and more generalisable over time in a typical learning trajectory
Associate Professor Slaughter completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkley, before completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We are very fortunate that she has chosen to reside here in Queensland since 1996. Virginia has specific research interests focussed on the development of human body representations, social cognition and theory of mind.