September 2015
Volume 15, Issue 12
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2015
The causal role of face-selective neurons in face perception.
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  • Arash Afraz
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Journal of Vision September 2015, Vol.15, 1408. doi:10.1167/15.12.1408
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      Arash Afraz; The causal role of face-selective neurons in face perception.. Journal of Vision 2015;15(12):1408. doi: 10.1167/15.12.1408.

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Many neurons in the inferior temporal cortex (IT) of primates respond more strongly to images of faces than to images of non-face objects. Such so-called “face neurons” are thought to be involved in face recognition behaviors such as face detection and face discrimination. While this view implies a causal role for face neurons in such behaviors, the main body of neurophysiological evidence to support it is only correlational. Here, I bring together evidence from electrical microstimulation, optogenetic and pharmacological intervention to bridge the gap between the neural spiking of IT face selective neurons and face perception.


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