Differential neural activity in the human temporal lobe evoked by faces of family members and friends

M. Seeck, N. Mainwaring, J. Ives, H. Blume, D. Dubuisson, R. Cosgrove, M. ‐M Mesulam, D. L. Schomer*

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Abstract

In 6 patients, depth electrodes revealed differential evoked responses to familiar versus novel faces. These differential responses were obtained in the amygdala, hippocampus, and temporal neocortex but not in the dorsolateral frontal or cingulate cortex. The limbic and temporal structures that differentiated novel from familiar faces did not respond differentially to variations in luminance. Limbic structures and temporal cortex thus appear to participate in face recognition and in encoding the familiarity of visual experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of neurology
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Seeck, M., Mainwaring, N., Ives, J., Blume, H., Dubuisson, D., Cosgrove, R., Mesulam, M. M., & Schomer, D. L. (1993). Differential neural activity in the human temporal lobe evoked by faces of family members and friends. Annals of neurology, 34(3), 369-372. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.410340311