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Published June 6, 2008 | Supplemental Material + Accepted Version
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Patches with Links: A Unified System for Processing Faces in the Macaque Temporal Lobe


The brain processes objects through a series of regions along the ventral visual pathway, but the circuitry subserving the analysis of specific complex forms remains unknown. One complex form category, faces, selectively activates six patches of cortex in the macaque ventral pathway. To identify the connectivity of these face patches, we used electrical microstimulation combined with simultaneous functional magnetic resonance imaging. Stimulation of each of four targeted face patches produced strong activation, specifically within a subset of the other face patches. Stimulation outside the face patches produced an activation pattern that spared the face patches. These results suggest that the face patches form a strongly and specifically interconnected hierarchical network.

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© 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 6 March 2008; accepted 7 May 2008. We are grateful to the late David Freeman and to M. Livingstone, who programmed and designed the visual stimulus presentation software RF3; to N. Schweers, K. Thoss, and R. Hakizimana for technical support; to S. Everling for advice on microstimulation; to M. Livingstone and K. S. Saleem for comments on the manuscript; and to Guerbet for providing Sinerem. This work was supported by a Sofia Kovalevskaya Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; by the German Science Foundation (DFG FR1437/3-1); and by the German Ministry of Science (grant no. 01GO0506, Bremen Center for Advanced Imaging).

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