The selectivity of the occipitotemporal M170 for faces

Jia Liu, Masanori Higuchi, Alec Marantz, Nancy Kanwisher

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Evidence from fMRI, ERPs and intracranial recordings suggests the existence of face-specific mechanisms in the primate occipitotemporal cortex. The present study used a 64-channel MEG system to monitor neural activity while normal subjects viewed a sequence of grayscale photographs of a variety of unfamiliar faces and non-face stimuli. In 14 of 15 subjects, face stimuli evoked a larger response than non-face stimuli at a latency of 160 ms after stimulus onset at bilateral occiptotemporal sensors. Inverted face stimuli elicited responses that were no different in amolitude but 13 ms later in latency than upright faces. The profile of this M170 response across stimulus conditions is largely consistent with prior results using scalp and subdural ERPs. (C) 2000 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Face perception
  • Face-selective M170
  • Magnetoencephalography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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