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Nat Neurosci. 2010 Apr;13(4):417-8. doi: 10.1038/nn.2502. Epub 2010 Mar 7.

Cortical representations of bodies and faces are strongest in commonly experienced configurations.

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Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, US National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. chanannie@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

Faces and bodies are perhaps the most salient and evolutionarily important visual stimuli. Using human functional imaging, we found that the strength of face and body representations depends on long-term experience. Representations were strongest for stimuli in their typical combinations of visual field and side (for example, left field, right body), although all conditions were simply reflections and translations of one another. Thus, high-level representations reflect the statistics with which stimuli occur.

PMID:
20208528
PMCID:
PMC2846985
DOI:
10.1038/nn.2502
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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