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Functional anatomy of face processing in the primate brain  

This project will use neurobiological techniques to understand the mechanisms of face processing in the primate brain. Lesions in a particular part of the human brain can cause an inability to recognize familiar faces. Neurons from this brain region in monkeys have been shown to selectively activate by visual images of faces. Brain imaging studies in both humans and monkeys have demonstrated face-selective regions. However, the neural circuitry underlying face selectivity remains unclear. To clarify this, the functional connectivity, which can reveal neural circuits, in these face-selective regions will be studied in rhesus monkeys in the resting, awake state using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. The results of this research will make a significant contribution to the understanding of the neural processing of facial stimuli with emotional content. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $1,877,600.00
Current Award Period Ongoing
Project Number 1ZIAMH002918-02
Principal Investigator Ungerleider, Leslie
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Neural Systems
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution National Institutes of Health
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Functional anatomy of face processing in the primate brain (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Functional anatomy of face processing in the primate brain | $1,678,309.00 | 2009 | 1ZIAMH002918-01