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Published December 2020 | public
Journal Article

The macaque face patch system: a turtle's underbelly for the brain


Objects constitute the fundamental currency of our consciousness: they are the things that we perceive, remember and think about. One of the most important objects for a primate is a face. Research on the macaque face patch system in recent years has given us a remarkable window into the detailed processes underlying object recognition. Here, we review the macaque face patch system, including its anatomical organization, coding principles, role in behaviour and interactions with other brain regions. We highlight not only how it constitutes an archetypal object recognition system but also how it may provide a key to understanding mechanisms for higher cognitive function.

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© 2003 Nature Publishing Group. Accepted 30 September 2020; Published 03 November 2020. This work was supported by NIH (R01-EY030650), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech. We thank M. Livingstone and A. Varshavsky and members of the Tsao lab for helpful comments. Author Contributions: The authors contributed equally to all aspects of the article. The authors declare no competing interests.

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