Teaching Fellow, Associate Researcher
University College London
20 Bedford Way
London, UK

Research interests
My research spans visual cognition, social perception, and decision-making. I am particularly interested in face processing as a window into understanding general principles of high-level vision and exploring other fundamental issues, such as cognitive architecture and development. I run behavioural, neuroimaging and brain stimulation studies of typical and atypical individuals (e.g. people with prosopagnosia), and neuropsychological investigations of individuals with brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.

2017 -             Teaching Fellow and Associate Researcher, University College London
2016 - 2017    Postdoctoral Associate, University College London
2013 - 2016    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
2009 - 2013    PhD Candidate, University College London
2008 - 2009    MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London

My research has been funded by the European Commission and Axa Research Fund.



Rezlescu, C.
, Chapman, A., Susilo, T., & Caramazza, A. (under revision). Large inversion effects are not specific to faces and do not vary with object identification abilities.

Rezlescu, C.
, Susilo, T., Wilmer, J.B., & Caramazza, A. (2017). The inversion, part-whole, and composite effects reflect distinct perceptual mechanisms with varied relationship to face recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. html pdf

Janik-McErlean, A., Susilo, T., Rezlescu, C., Bray, A., & Banissy, M. J. (2016). Social perception in synaesthesia for colour. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 33(7-8), 378-387. html pdf

Romanska, A., Rezlescu, C., Susilo, T., Duchaine, B., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). High frequency transcranial random noise stimulation enhances perception of facial identity. Cerebral Cortex, 25(11), 4334-4340. html pdf

Janik, A.B., Rezlescu, C., & Banissy, M. J. (in press). Enhancing Anger Perception With Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Induced Gamma Oscillations. Brain Stimulation. html pdf

Rezlescu, C.
, Penton, T., Walsh, V., Tsujimura, H, Scott, S., & Banissy, M.J. (2015). Dominant voices and attractive faces: the contribution of visual and auditory information to integrated person impressions. Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, 39(4), 355-370. html pdf

Rezlescu, C.
, Barton, J. J. S., Pitcher, D., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Normal acquisition of expertise with greebles in two cases of acquired prosopagnosia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(14), 5123-5128. html pdf
(press coverage: Nature News, Harvard Gazette, Bild der Wissenschaft, The Australian)

Rezlescu, C.
, & Susilo, T. (2014). What can the Thatcher illusion tell us about face processing in the brain? Commentary on Psalta, Young, Thompson, and Andrews (2014). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 289. html pdf

Rezlescu, C.
, Susilo, T., Barton, J., & Duchaine, B. (2014). Normal social evaluations of faces in acquired prosopagnosia. Cortex, 50, 200-203. html pdf

Susilo, T., Rezlescu, C., & Duchaine, B. (2013). The composite effect for inverted faces is reliable at large sample sizes and requires the basic face configuration. Journal of Vision, 13(13):14, 1-9. html pdf

Rezlescu, C., Pitcher, D., & Duchaine, B. (2012). Acquired prosopagnosia with spared within-class object recognition but impaired recognition of degraded basic-level objects. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 29(4), 325-347. html pdf

Rezlescu, C., Duchaine, B., Olivola, C. Y., & Chater, N. (2012). Unfakeable facial configurations affect strategic choices in trust games with or without Information about past behavior. PLoS ONE, 7(3), e34293. html pdf
(press coverage: Huffington Post, Business Insider)

PUBLICATIONS (in preparation)

Rezlescu, C.
, Anzellotti, S., Wurm, M., Caramazza, A. (in preparation). Representations of person identity in the human brain.

Rezlescu, C.
, Susilo, T., Barton, J., & Duchaine, B. (in preparation). Dissociations of facial trait, facial expression, and facial sex processing in acquired prosopagnosia: Evidence against the overgeneralisation hypotheses.

Rezlescu, C.
, Belledone, M., Susilo, T., Caramazza, A. (in preparation). Car perception can elicit presumed behavioral markers of face-specific mechanisms.