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Featural and configural face processing strategies: evidence from a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.

Lobmaier, JS, Klaver, P, Loenneker, T, Martin, E and Mast, FW (2008) Featural and configural face processing strategies: evidence from a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroreport, 19 (3). pp. 287-291.

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Abstract

We explored the processing mechanisms of featural and configural face information using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Featural information describes the information contained in the facial parts; configural information conveys the spatial interrelationship between parts. In a delayed matching-to-sample task, participants decided whether an intact test face matched a precedent scrambled or blurred cue face. Scrambled faces primarily contain featural information whereas blurred faces preserve configural information. Scrambled cue faces evoked enhanced activation in the left fusiform gyrus, left parietal lobe, and left lingual gyrus when viewing intact test faces. Following blurred cue faces, test faces enhanced activation bilaterally in the middle temporal gyrus. The results suggest that featural and configural information is processed by following distinct neural pathways.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Lobmaier, JSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Klaver, Pp.klaver@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Loenneker, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Martin, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mast, FWUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 12 February 2008
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f556fe
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adult, Face, Female, Fixation, Ocular, Humans, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Photic Stimulation, Psychomotor Performance, Recognition (Psychology)
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:40
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:51
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/828717

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