Goedele Van Belle

Postdoctoral Researcher, Face Categorization Lab, 2009-2014

octoral Researcher (2009-14)

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the ease and speed with which the human brain is able to turn extremely complex visual information into meaningful concepts. I am particularly interested in face recognition because faces are one of the only types of objects with which most people are so extremely good at within category discrimination. Currently, my main research tool is eye gaze recording and gaze contingent stimulus presentation. Gaze contingent stimulus presentation allows influencing the processing strategy of the observer without limiting the information available for the subject. I am also interested in prosopagnosia, a recognition disorder which can be specific to faces, because it provides us with a unique opportunity to investigate the processes that are crucial in normal face recognition skills. Both gaze contingent stimulus presentation and single case studies of prosopagnosic patients have contributed to a clearer view on the key role of holistic processing for face recognition expertise.


Publications: Face Categorization Lab

Busigny, T., Van Belle, G., Jemel, B., Hosein, A., Joubert, S., Rossion, B. (2014). Face-specific impairment in holistic perception following focal lesion of the right anterior temporal lobe. Neuropsychologia, 56, 312-333.[PDF

Prieto, E.A, Van Belle, G., Liu-Shuang, J., Norcia, A.M., Rossion, B. (2013). The 6Hz fundamental frequency rate for individual face discirmination in the right occipito-temporal cortex. Neuropsychologia, 51, 2863-2975.

Rossion, B., Alonso-Prieto, E., Boremanse, A., Kuefner, D., Van Belle, G. (2012). A steady-state visual evoked potential approach to individual face perception: effect of inversion, contrast-reversal and temporal dynamics. NeuroImage, 63, 1585-1600. [PDF]

Van Belle, G., Busigny, T., Lefèvre, P., Joubert, S., Felician, O., Gentile, F., Rossion, B. (2011). Impairment of holistic face percetion following right occipito-temporal damage in prosopagnosia: converging evidence from gaze-contingency. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3145-3150. [PDF][Video: Memory Game]

Van Belle, G., de Graef, P., Verfaillie, K., Busigny, T., Rossion, B. (2010). Whole not hole: expert face recognition requires holistic perception. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2609-2620. [PDF] [Video: Mask] [Video: Window]

Van Belle, G., de Graef, P., Verfaillie, K., Rossion, B., Lefèvre, P. (2010). Face inversion impairs holistic perception: Evidence from gaze-contingent stimulation. Journal of Vision. May 1;10. pii: 10.5.10. doi: 10.1167/10.5.10. [PDF]

Van Belle, G., Lefèvre, P.,Laguesse, R., Busigny, T., de Graef, P., Verfaillie, K. (2010). Feature-based processing of personally familiar faces in prosopagnosia: Evidence from eyegaze contingency. Behavioural Neurology, 23, 255-257. [PDF]

Van Belle, G.*, Ramon, M.*, Lefèvre, P., Rossion, B. (2010). Fixation patterns during recognition of personally familiar and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in Cognitive Science. (* equal contribution). Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00020 [PDF]


Publications: Other

Van Belle, G., De Smet M., De Graef P., Van Gool L., Verfaillie, K. (2009). Configural and featural processing during face perception: a new stimulus set. Behav Res Methods, 41, 279-283.