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Electrophysiological Studies of Face Perception in Humans

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, November 1996
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Title
Electrophysiological Studies of Face Perception in Humans
Published in
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, November 1996
DOI 10.1162/jocn.1996.8.6.551
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Shlomo Bentin, Truett Allison, Aina Puce, Erik Perez, Gregory McCarthy

Abstract

Event-related potentials (ERPs) associated with face perception were recorded with scalp electrodes from normal volunteers. Subjects performed a visual target detection task in which they mentally counted the number of occurrences of pictorial stimuli from a designated category such us butterflies. In separate experiments, target stimuli were embedded within a series of other stimuli including unfamiliar human faces and isolated face components, inverted faces, distorted faces, animal faces, and other nonface stimuli. Unman faces evoked a negative potential at 172 msec (N170), which was absent from the ERPs elicited by other animate and inanimate nonface stimuli. N170 was largest over the posterior temporal scalp and was larger over the right than the left hemisphere. N170 was delayed when faces were presented upside-down, but its amplitude did not change. When presented in isolation, eyes elicited an N170 that was significantly larger than that elicited by whole faces, while noses and lips elicited small negative ERPs about 50 msec later than N170. Distorted human faces, in which the locations of inner face components were altered, elicited an N170 similar in amplitude to that elicited by normal faces. However, faces of animals, human hands, cars, and items of furniture did not evoke N170. N170 may reflect the operation of a neural mechanism tuned to detect (as opposed to identify) human faces, similar to the "structural encoder" suggested by Bruce and Young (1986). A similar function has been proposed for the face-selective N200 ERP recorded from the middle fusiform and posterior inferior temporal gyri using subdural electrodes in humans (Allison, McCarthy, Nobre, Puce, & Belger, 1994c). However, the differential sensitivity of N170 to eyes in isolation suggests that N170 may reflect the activation of an eye-sensitive region of cortex. The voltage distribution of N170 over the scalp is consistent with a neural generator located in the occipitotemporal sulcus lateral to the fusiform/inferior temporal region that generates N200.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 18 2%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Canada 7 <1%
Germany 7 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
Portugal 3 <1%
France 3 <1%
Hungary 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Other 21 2%
Unknown 916 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 256 26%
Researcher 161 16%
Student > Master 149 15%
Student > Bachelor 127 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 62 6%
Other 151 15%
Unknown 89 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 502 50%
Neuroscience 131 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 68 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 42 4%
Computer Science 24 2%
Other 77 8%
Unknown 151 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 20. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 March 2021.
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#1,191,533
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#8,011
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
#4
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