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Single neuron responses underlying face recognition in the human midfusiform face-selective cortex

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dc.contributor.author Quian Quiroga, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.author Boscaglia, Marta
dc.contributor.author Jonas, Jacques
dc.contributor.author Rey, Hernan G.
dc.contributor.author Yan, Xiaoqian
dc.contributor.author Maillard, Louis
dc.contributor.author Colnat-Coulbois, Sophie
dc.contributor.author Koessler, Laurent
dc.contributor.author Rossion, Bruno
dc.date.accessioned 2024-05-28T06:23:11Z
dc.date.available 2024-05-28T06:23:11Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Quian Quiroga R, Boscaglia M, Jonas J, Rey HG, Yan X, Maillard L, et al. Single neuron responses underlying face recognition in the human midfusiform face-selective cortex. Nat Commun. 2023 Sep 13;14(1):5661. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-41323-5
dc.identifier.issn 2041-1723
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/60262
dc.description.abstract Faces are critical for social interactions and their recognition constitutes one of the most important and challenging functions of the human brain. While neurons responding selectively to faces have been recorded for decades in the monkey brain, face-selective neural activations have been reported with neuroimaging primarily in the human midfusiform gyrus. Yet, the cellular mechanisms producing selective responses to faces in this hominoid neuroanatomical structure remain unknown. Here we report single neuron recordings performed in 5 human subjects (1 male, 4 females) implanted with intracerebral microelectrodes in the face-selective midfusiform gyrus, while they viewed pictures of familiar and unknown faces and places. We observed similar responses to faces and places at the single cell level, but a significantly higher number of neurons responding to faces, thus offering a mechanistic account for the face-selective activations observed in this region. Although individual neurons did not respond preferentially to familiar faces, a population level analysis could consistently determine whether or not the faces (but not the places) were familiar, only about 50 ms after the initial recognition of the stimuli as faces. These results provide insights into the neural mechanisms of face processing in the human brain.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Nature Research
dc.relation.ispartof Nat Commun. 2023 Sep 13;14(1):5661
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dc.title Single neuron responses underlying face recognition in the human midfusiform face-selective cortex
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-41323-5
dc.subject.keyword Extrastriate cortex
dc.subject.keyword Sensory processing
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