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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Dec 9;105(49):19514-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0809662105. Epub 2008 Nov 25.

Comparing face patch systems in macaques and humans.

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Institute for Brain Research and Center for Advanced Imaging, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330440, D-28334 Bremen, Germany. doris@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu

Abstract

Face recognition is of central importance for primate social behavior. In both humans and macaques, the visual analysis of faces is supported by a set of specialized face areas. The precise organization of these areas and the correspondence between individual macaque and human face-selective areas are debated. Here, we examined the organization of face-selective regions across the temporal lobe in a large number of macaque and human subjects. Macaques showed 6 regions of face-selective cortex arranged in a stereotypical pattern along the temporal lobe. Human subjects showed, in addition to 3 reported face areas (the occipital, fusiform, and superior temporal sulcus face areas), a face-selective area located anterior to the fusiform face area, in the anterior collateral sulcus. These results suggest a closer anatomical correspondence between macaque and human face-processing systems than previously realized.

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19033466
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PMC2614792
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10.1073/pnas.0809662105
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