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Meike Ramon

Job: PostDoc
Office: RM C-3.112
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7666
eMail: meike.ramon@unifr.ch
Unit: Neurosciences visuelles et sociales      
Personal page: http://www.meikeramon.com



Face processing

Personal familiarity & experience


Vision & Cognitive neuroscience

Research fields

I am interested in the effects of experience on visual perception, both in healthy and neuropsychological populations. Using a range of methods (psychophysics, oculomotor behavior, neuropsychology, neuroimaging), my research focusses mainly on how personal familiarity, as acquired through real-life interactions, affects human face processing.

To better understand normal face processing, a large part of my work also involves studying the impairments underlying prosopagnosia (i.e., ‘faceblindness’), as well as superior performance resulting from extensive experience or occurring naturally.

Meike Ramon on ResearchGate


  • Interactions between memory and perception  
  • Social, cognitive and affective neuroscience     
  • Experimental programming in Eprime
  • Supervision of BA and MA thesis (MSc students, option cognitive neuroscience)


Journal articles 

Ramon M*, Sokhn N*, Lao J & Caldara R (in press). Decisional space determines saccadic reaction times in healthy observers and acquired prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuropsychology (Translational Cognitive Neuropsychology)

Ramon M*, Sokhn N* & Caldara R (submitted). A decisional space account of saccadic reaction times towards personally familiar faces. bioRxiv, doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/292656

Ramon M (in press). The power of how - lessons learned from neuropsychology and face processing. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Ramon M & Gobbini I (2018). Familiarity matters: A review on prioritized processing of personally familiar faces. Visual Cognition, 26:3, 179-195, doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2017.1405134.

Pachai MV, Sekuler AB, Bennett PJ, Schyns PG & Ramon M (2017). Personal familiarity enhances sensitivity to horizontal structure during processing of face identity. Journal of Vision, 17(6):5. doi: 10.1167/17.6.5

Papinutto M, Lao J, Ramon M, Caldara R & Miellet S (2017). The Facespan - the perceptual span for face recognition. Journal of Vision, 17(5):16. doi: 10.1167/17.5.16

Burra N, Kerzel D & Ramon M (2017). Gaze-cueing requires intact face processing - evidence from acquired prosopagnosia. Brain & Cognition, 113, 125-132. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.01.008

Ramon M, Busigny T, Gosselin G & Rossion B (2017). All new kids on the block? Impaired holistic processing of personally familiar faces in a kindergarten teacher with acquired prosopagnosia. Visual Cognition, 24, 321-55. dx.doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2016.1273985

Ruffieux N*, Ramon M*, Lao J*, Colombo F, Stacchi L, Borruat F-X, Accolla E, Annoni J-M & Caldara R (2016). Residual Perception of Biological Motion in Cortical Blindness. Neuropsychologia, 93(A), 301-311.

Ramon M, Miellet S, Dzieciol AM, Konrad BN, Dresler M, Caldara R (2016) Super-Memorizers Are Not Super-Recognizers. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150972. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150972

Ramon M, Van Belle G. (2016) Real-life experience with personally familiar faces enhances discrimination based on global information. PeerJ 4:e1465. 

Ramon M, Vizioli L, Liu-Shuang J, Rossion B (2015). The neural microgenesis of personally familiar face recognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(35):E4835-44.

Ramon M (2015). Differential processing of vertical inter-feature relations due to real-life experience with personally familiar faces. Perception, 44(4), 368-82.

Ramon M (2015). Perception of global facial geometry is modulated through experience. PeerJ, Vol.3:e85.

Caharel S, Ramon M & Rossion B (2014). Face familiarity decisions take 200 ms in the human brain: electrophysiological evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(1), 81-95.

Ramon M & Rossion B (2012). Hemisphere-dependent holistic processing of familiar faces. Brain and Cognition, 78(1): 7-13.

Ramon M, Caharel S & Rossion B (2011). The speed of personally familiar face recognition. Perception, 40(4), 437-449.

Caharel S, Jacques C, d’Arripe O, Ramon M & Rossion B (2011). Early electrophysiological correlates of adaptation to personally familiar and unfamiliar faces across viewpoint changes. Brain Research, 1387: 85-98.

Van Belle G*, Ramon M*, Lefèvre P & Rossion B (2010). Fixation patterns during recognition of personally familiar and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 1:20, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00020. (* equal contribution).

Ramon M & Rossion B (2010). Impaired processing of relative distances between features and of the eye region in acquired prosopagnosia—two sides of the same holistic coin? Cortex, 46(3), 374-389.

Ramon M, Dricot L & Rossion B (2010). Personally familiar faces are perceived categorically in face-selective regions other than the fusiform face area. European Journal of Neuroscience, 32(9), 1587-1598.

Ramon M, Busigny T & Rossion B (2010). Impaired holistic processing of unfamiliar individual faces in acquired prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 48(4), 933-944.

Caharel S, d’Arripe O, Ramon M, Jacques C & Rossion B (2009). Early adaptation to repeated unfamiliar faces across viewpoint changes in the right hemisphere: evidence from the N170 ERP component. Neuropsychologia, 47(3), 639-643.

Orban de Xivry JJ, Ramon M, Lefèvre P & Rossion B (2008). Reduced fixation on the upper area of personally familiar faces following acquired prosopagnosia. Journal of Neuropsychology, 2(1), 245-268.

Minnebusch D, Suchan B, Ramon M & Daum I (2007). Event-related potentials reflect heterogeneity of developmental prosopagnosia. European Journal of Neuroscience, 25(7), 2234-2247.

Conference talks

“Super-recognizers” – hype or hope for law enforcement? International Congress of Applied Psychology, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Top-down effects modulate rapid saccadic reaction times to personally familiar faces. European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), 2017, Berlin, Germany.

Keeping face – on the risks of confounding manipulations with effects of interest. Swiss Psychological Society, 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Residual biological motion perception in a case of cortical blindness. Vision Sciences Society, 2017, St. Pete Beach, USA.

A detailed investigation of personally familiar face recognition in a case of pure prosopagnosia. European Social Cognition Conference (ESCON), 2015, Bensheim, Germany.

How culture makes us (s)tick together. Diversity of Social Cognition Workshop, 2015, Cologne, Germany.

Superior memorizers are not Super-recognizers. International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Perceptual processing of personally familiar faces. World Neuroscience Online Conference, 2014.

Effects of real-life experience on human face processing performance. World Neuroscience Online Conference, 2013.

What’s lost in prosopagnosia? An investigation of familiar face processing in a single-case of pure prosopagnosia working in a kindergarten. Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 2007, Sarasota, USA

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