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Grad Student Co-Authors Book on Psychology of Face Transplants

Nathan Clendenin, a second-year student in the psychology Ph.D. program at Duquesne University, has co-authored Someone Else's Face in the Mirror: Identity and the New Science of Face Transplants a book that explores the psychology of face transplants.

Someone Else's Face in the Mirror investigates the positive and negative impact of receiving the face of another person on the sense of identity.

“The identity of the person receiving the transplant has already has been negatively impacted, so receiving the face of another person is a way of bringing the person back together, providing cohesion of their identity that they may not have had before,” said Clendenin.

Clendenin was as an undergraduate at Allegheny College when he first became interested in the subject after hearing the news of the world’s first face transplant. He wrote a paper on the topic, which developed into a conference paper, then Someone Else's Face in the Mirror, which he co-authored with his former psychology professor, Dr. Carla Bluhm.

“A face is an everyday reality. We recognize people more by their faces more than by how they walk or fix their hair,” said Clendenin. “Although another part of the person’s body can be important, a face can be paramount.”

Someone Else's Face in the Mirror: Identity and the New Science of Face Transplants will be published in April 2009 by Praeger Publishers.

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