When strangers pass: processing of mutual and averted social gaze in the superior temporal sulcus.

@article{Pelphrey2004WhenSP,
  title={When strangers pass: processing of mutual and averted social gaze in the superior temporal sulcus.},
  author={Kevin A. Pelphrey and Ronald J Viola and Gregory McCarthy},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2004},
  volume={15 9},
  pages={598-603}
}
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated brain activity evoked by mutual and averted gaze in a compelling and commonly experienced social encounter. Through virtual-reality goggles, subjects viewed a man who walked toward them and shifted his neutral gaze either toward (mutual gaze) or away (averted gaze) from them. Robust activity was evoked in the superior temporal sulcus (STS) and fusiform gyrus (FFG). For both conditions, STS activity was strongly right… CONTINUE READING
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