Neural pattern similarity reveals the inherent intersection of social categories

Ryan M. Stolier, Jonathan B. Freeman

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We provide evidence that neural representations of ostensibly unrelated social categories become bound together by their overlapping stereotype associations. While viewing faces, multi-voxel representations of gender, race, and emotion categories in the fusiform and orbitofrontal cortices were stereotypically biased and correlated with subjective perceptions. The findings suggest that social-conceptual knowledge can systematically alter the representational structure of social categories at multiple levels of cortical processing, reflecting bias in visual perceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-797
Number of pages3
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 26 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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