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The Fusiform Face Area: A Module in Human Extrastriate Cortex Specialized for Face Perception
The data allow us to reject alternative accounts of the function of the fusiform face area (area “FF”) that appeal to visual attention, subordinate-level classification, or general processing of any animate or human forms, demonstrating that this region is selectively involved in the perception of faces. Expand
A cortical representation of the local visual environment
Evidence is presented that a particular area within human parahippocampal cortex is involved in a critical component of navigation: perceiving the local visual environment, and it is proposed that the PPA represents places by encoding the geometry of the local environment. Expand
People thinking about thinking people The role of the temporo-parietal junction in “theory of mind”
The studies reported here establish for the first time that a region in the human temporo-parietal junction (here called the TPJ-M) is involved specifically in reasoning about the contents of another person's mind. Expand
A Cortical Area Selective for Visual Processing of the Human Body
A series of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies revealing substantial evidence for a distinct cortical region in humans that responds selectively to images of the human body, as compared with a wide range of control stimuli. Expand
Repetition blindness: Type recognition without token individuation
Findings support a distinction between the perceptual processes of recognizing a word as being of a certain type, and individuating aword as a particular token of that type: repetition blindness occurs when words are recognized as types but not individuated as tokens. Expand
The fusiform face area: a cortical region specialized for the perception of faces
  • N. Kanwisher, G. Yovel
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
  • 29 December 2006
It is argued that the F FA is engaged both in detecting faces and in extracting the necessary perceptual information to recognize them, and that the properties of the FFA mirror previously identified behavioural signatures of face-specific processing. Expand
Cortical Regions Involved in Perceiving Object Shape
Results suggest that common regions in the LOC are involved in extracting and/or representing information about object structure from different image cues, including contours, shading, and monocular depth cues. Expand
The fusiform face area subserves face perception, not generic within-category identification
The results indicate that the FFA is involved in both detection and identification of faces, but that it has little involvement in within-category identification of non-face objects (including objects of expertise). Expand
Stages of processing in face perception: an MEG study
Here we used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate stages of processing in face perception in humans. We found a face-selective MEG response occurring only 100 ms after stimulus onset (theExpand
Functional specificity in the human brain: A window into the functional architecture of the mind
  • N. Kanwisher
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 19 May 2010
It is argued here that research using functional MRI is beginning to answer the long-standing question of how much of the mind and brain are made up of functionally specialized components by indicating that at least a few specific aspects of cognition are implemented in brain regions that are highly specialized for that process alone. Expand