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APS Award Address

Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Grand Ballroom

Leslie G. Ungerleider

Leslie G. Ungerleider
National Institute of Mental Health

Face recognition is a remarkable ability, given the tens of thousands of difference faces we can recognize, sometimes even many years later after a single encounter. Because of this unique ability, it has been proposed that there may exist specialized neural machinery dedicated to face recognition, as compared to the recognition of non-face objects. The current talk describes recent brain imaging and single-unit recording studies exploring the functional architecture of face processing in the primate brain. The talk will focus on the network dynamics mediating the discrimination and recognition of both facial identity and facial expression.

Subject Area: General

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