The 2024 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

I found this announcement particularly interesting given the whole “finger touching the cup” thing.

Over several years of experiments, Kanwisher and her colleagues explored just how selective the fusiform face area is to faces. They found that the region responds strongly to different kinds of faces, such as those of animals, cartoon faces, and abstract drawings of faces, and much less so to images of body parts or the backs of heads. The researchers showed in 2020 that the region even responds in blind people while they run their fingers over models of human faces, suggesting that vision isn’t required for the effect.