Novel method reveals spatio-temporal dynamics of face processing in children

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Recent work from post-doctoral fellow Dr. Pan Liu and colleagues examined face processing using both fMRI activation data and high density ERP data. By integrating both measures, Dr. Liu showed that early ERP components mapped onto a core visual processing system (occipito-temporal and parietal regions), whereas later components mapped onto a socio-emotional processing system (paracentral, limbic and frontal regions). The current results reveal the spatio-temporal dynamics of face processing in children and suggest that the socio-emotional system processes information transferred by the core visual system.

Read the full report in NeuroImage.