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Nat Neurosci. 2001 Aug;4(8):845-50.

Differential responses in the fusiform region to same-race and other-race faces.

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Departments of Radiology and Psychology, Jordan Hall-Building 420, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

Abstract

Many studies have shown that people remember faces of their own race better than faces of other races. We investigated the neural substrates of same-race memory superiority using functional MRI (fMRI). European-American (EA) and African-American (AA) males underwent fMRI while they viewed photographs of AA males, EA males and objects under intentional encoding conditions. Recognition memory was superior for same-race versus other-race faces. Individually defined areas in the fusiform region that responded preferentially to faces had greater response to same-race versus other-race faces. Across both groups, memory differences between same-race and other-race faces correlated with activation in left fusiform cortex and right parahippocampal and hippocampal areas. These results suggest that differential activation in fusiform regions contributes to same-race memory superiority.

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PMID:
11477432
DOI:
10.1038/90565
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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