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Human Face Recognition Study (Image 1)

Brain region where researchers found a learning effect for subjects trained to recognize car images


Human Face Recognition Study (Image 1)

This image shows the brain region (in lateral occipital cortex, LO) in which researchers found a learning effect for subjects trained to recognize car images. [Note: The color scale shows a measure of statistical significance (z-value). The lighter the color, the more significant the activation. The blue lines are drawn for illustration to show the center of the region of interest.]

This research was conducted by Maximilian Riesenhuber, a neuroscientist at Georgetown University Medical Center, who is working to better understand how the human brain functions when recognizing objects. He published data in the April 6 issue of Neuron that suggested the human brain uses the same mechanisms for recognizing face and non-face objects.

Riesenhuber's research is partly funded by the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) program, a joint effort of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The program supports innovative, interdisciplinary research that will yield a better understanding of how nervous systems function normally as well as when diseased. By fostering new collaborations among computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and neuroscientists, CRCNS facilitates the development of new methods and computational tools to help explain complex biological processes.

For more information on Riesenhuber's facial recognition research, visit his Web site, The Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience. (Date of Image: March 2006) [Image 1 of 4 related images. See Image 2.]

Credit: Maximilian Riesenhuber, Georgetown University Medical Center

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