Harris P. Mosher Award
The attention of casual observers looking at the faces of people with facial paralysis deviates from normal patterns, said researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, who reached their conclusions after conducting experiments using eye-tracking technology.
Explore this issue:June 2015
Lisa Ishii, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins, presented the findings and captured this year’s Mosher Award for Excellence among Triological Society candidate theses on clinical research.
Dr. Ishii’s group has been examining how lay observers view facial deformities for many years, building on the basic concept, established with research in the late 1970s, that most people view “normal” faces with a focus on the “central triangle” of the eyes, nose and mouth. That has proven to be a reliable observation pattern.