One day in my early/mid 40s, I could suddenly see faces on the backs of cars.
It was a shock: a world of emotional car brake lights expressing MOODS and stereotyped ethnicities even. But why?
Today, I learned the cingulum reaches its peak performance around age 42 years!
It remains plastic even beyond that as this is an average but 42!
So, the cingulum is white matter connecting a bunch of things and in very preterm babies, of which I was one, it seems that it develops much differently than in full term babies and we end up having to rewire to conform to society’s expectations – and can mostly do so with some lingering effects.
Does connect facial recognition? It does. Fusiform Face Area is one of the areas it 100% connects to.