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Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 1999 Mar;7(4):481-91.

Neurophysiological correlates of the recognition of facial expressions of emotion as revealed by magnetoencephalography.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Düsseldorf, Germany.


MEG correlates of the recognition of facial expressions of emotion were studied in four healthy volunteers. Subjects performed a facial emotion recognition task and a control task involving recognition of complex objects including faces. Facial emotion recognition activated inferior frontal cortex, amygdala and different parts of temporal cortex in a relatively consistent time sequence. The characteristics of these activations were clearly different from those recorded during the control task. Most interesting was the fact that faces evoked different MEG responses as a function of task demands, i.e., the activations recorded during facial emotion recognition were different from those recorded during simple face recognition in the control task. These findings support the assumption that MEG is able to specifically identify the activation pattern of the brain when recognition of the emotional expression of a face is performed.

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