Neural pattern similarity reveals the inherent intersection of social categories


We provide evidence that neural representations of ostensibly unrelated social categories become bound together by their overlapping stereotype associations. While viewing faces, multi-voxel representations of gender, race, and emotion categories in the fusiform and orbitofrontal cortices were stereotypically biased and correlated with subjective perceptions. The findings suggest that social-conceptual knowledge can systematically alter the representational structure of social categories at multiple levels of cortical processing, reflecting bias in visual perceptions.

DOI: 10.1038/nn.4296

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@article{Stolier2016NeuralPS, title={Neural pattern similarity reveals the inherent intersection of social categories}, author={Ryan M Stolier and Jonathan B. Freeman}, journal={Nature Neuroscience}, year={2016}, volume={19}, pages={795-797} }