Where the Brain Tells a Face From a Place

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Science  13 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5515, pp. 196-198
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5515.196

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NEW YORK CITY-- Research on how the brain recognizes a chair as a chair is helping cognitive neuroscientists figure out how the brain organizes its representation of the visual world. At the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting here on 27 March, some speakers reviewed a classic debate about whether the so-called face area of the ventral temporal cortex is in fact specialized for faces or for making detailed discriminations within a category. Another study suggests that different parts of the area may respond to certain features of an object. And one researcher identified what some of those features might be that allow the ventral temporal cortex to recognize objects.