StarrLab: Neuropsychology, reading, and face recognition

StarrLab is a research group working on neuropsychological aspects of visual recognition, with a focus on reading and face recognition. We conduct experimental and brain imaging studies of the effects of brain injury and neurodevelopmental disorders on cognition, and experimental studies with neurotypical participants.

StarrLab is led by Professor Randi Starrfelt.

Image of brain scansOur aim is to understand how visual recognition is organized in the brain, by studying participants in whom these processes have in some way broken down, in particular patients with aquired reading disorders (alexia) and people with prosopagnosia (‘face blindness’). We work with researchers from different fields both in Denmark and internationally.


















































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Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs face recognition. People with DP never learn to recognize others by their faces in the fast and automatic manner that characterizes unimpaired face recognition. Research on DP has increased substantially over the last ~15 years, and is mainly conducted within the fields of cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience, using quantitative experimental, cognitive, and brain imaging techniques.

In the present project, we will investigate the ‘phenomenology of prosopagnosia’, using in-depth interviews to explore what it is like to be prosopagnosic and specifically how people with DP experience perceiving, imagining, and remembering faces. The project will contribute to a fundamental characterization of DP, which will increase our understanding of the nature of DP, inform cognitive theory, and may lead to novel hypotheses about the cognitive and perceptual deficits involved.

The project is funded by a project grant from the Independent Research Fund – Denmark.

Project PI: Professor (mso) Randi Starrfelt.

Co-PI: Associate Professor Tone Roald.


















The EnVision-CP project is concerned with visual perceptual deficits in adults with cerebral palsy (CP). It is estimated that approximately 50-70% of children with CP have visual impairments that are caused by their cerebral damage or atypical cerebral development. However, systematic assessment is not part of current clinical practice in individuals with CP. Furthermore, studies investigating visual abilities in CP have focused on children and youth. Knowledge on visual impairments in adults with CP, and how the expression of these may change across development, is therefore limited.

The aims of the project are:

  1. To describe how youth and adults with CP experience vision impairments
  2. To describe the types of visual perceptual impairments that may be observed in youth and adults with CP
  3. To develop and validate a visual perceptual screening tool for cerebral visual impairment in youth and adults with CP that can be used to inform choices related to interventions.

The project is funded by the Elsass Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with CP and their families.

PI: Ro J. Robotham.

PhD-student: Katrine Sand.





















Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Randi Starrfelt Professor +45 35 32 48 86
Ro Robotham Assistant professor +45 35 33 18 67
Katrine Sand Andersen PhD student
Cathrine L. Thorsen Intern

External researchers

Name Title University
Christina D. Kühn PhD student  University of Southern Denmark  
Grace E. Rice Postdoc University of Cambridge


Randi StarrfeltRandi Starrfelt
Professor (mso)
Phone +45 35 32 48 86