Postdoctoral researcher
Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab (Prof. Alfonso Caramazza)
Department of Psychology, Harvard University
33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Research interests
I'm interested in learning about the mechanisms underlying object recognition, with a particular emphasis on face processing. I work with typical and neuropsychological populations to answer questions related to the functional and neural bases of face perception, the specificity of face mechanisms, prosopagnosia, the neural organisation and representation of object knowledge.

My research is currently funded by a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme.



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 (under review and in preparation)

Rezlescu, C.
, Susilo, T., Wilmer, J.B., & Caramazza, A. (in preparation). The inversion, part-whole, and composite effects reflect distinct perceptual mechanisms with varied relationship to face recognition.

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.
, Street, C., Heerey, E., & Olivola, C. (in preparation). Cheater detection based on faces in high-stake real-life situations.