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Featural and configural face processing strategies: evidence from a functional magnetic resonance imaging study


Lobmaier, J S; Klaver, P; Loenneker, T; Martin, E; Mast, F W (2008). Featural and configural face processing strategies: evidence from a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. NeuroReport, 19(3):287-291.

Abstract

We explored the processing mechanisms of featural and configural face information using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Featural information describes the information contained in the facial parts; configural information conveys the spatial interrelationship between parts. In a delayed matching-to-sample task, participants decided whether an intact test face matched a precedent scrambled or blurred cue face. Scrambled faces primarily contain featural information whereas blurred faces preserve configural information. Scrambled cue faces evoked enhanced activation in the left fusiform gyrus, left parietal lobe, and left lingual gyrus when viewing intact test faces. Following blurred cue faces, test faces enhanced activation bilaterally in the middle temporal gyrus. The results suggest that featural and configural information is processed by following distinct neural pathways.

Abstract

We explored the processing mechanisms of featural and configural face information using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Featural information describes the information contained in the facial parts; configural information conveys the spatial interrelationship between parts. In a delayed matching-to-sample task, participants decided whether an intact test face matched a precedent scrambled or blurred cue face. Scrambled faces primarily contain featural information whereas blurred faces preserve configural information. Scrambled cue faces evoked enhanced activation in the left fusiform gyrus, left parietal lobe, and left lingual gyrus when viewing intact test faces. Following blurred cue faces, test faces enhanced activation bilaterally in the middle temporal gyrus. The results suggest that featural and configural information is processed by following distinct neural pathways.

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Other titles:Featural and configural face processing strategies: evidence from an fMRI study
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:16 February 2008
Deposited On:16 Dec 2008 20:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:43
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0959-4965
Additional Information:This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in NeuroReport, 2008 Feb 12;19(3):287-91
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f556fe
Related URLs:http://www.neuroreport.com (Publisher)
PubMed ID:18303568

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