FACE & OBJECT PERCEPTION

Face and object perception - How are faces and complex objects analyzed and represented in the human brain? What is the neural basis of successful perception or object recognition?

How does the representation of a complex object change from the raw retinal pattern to a more useful flexible form across successive stages of visual processing, extending from the primary visual cortex (V1) to high-level areas in the ventral temporal lobe? These are some of the core questions that the lab is pursuing.

Relevant Publications

Tong, F., Nakayama, K., Vaughan, J. T., & Kanwisher, N. (1998). Binocular rivalry and visual awareness in human extrastriate cortex. Neuron, 21, 753-759.

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Kanwisher, N., Tong, F., & Nakayama, K. (1998). The effects of face inversion on the human fusiform face area. Cognition, 68, B1-B11.

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Tong, F., Nakayama, K., Moscovitch, M., Weinrib, O., & Kanwisher, N. (2000). Response properties of the human fusiform face area. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 17, 257-279.

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Cohen, J. D., & Tong, F. (2001). The face of controversy: Science, 293, 2405-2407.

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McKeeff, T. J., & Tong, F. (2007). The timing of perceptual decisions for ambiguous face stimuli in the human ventral visual cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 669-678.

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McKeeff, T. J., Remus, D. R., & Tong, F. (2007). Temporal limitations in object processing across the human ventral visual pathway. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98, 382-393.

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McKeeff, T. J., McGugin, R. W., Tong, F., & Gauthier, I. (2010). Expertise increases the functional overlap between face and object perception. Cognition, 117(3): 355-360.

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Kietzmann, T. C., Swisher, J. D., König, P., & Tong, F. (2012). Prevalence of selectivity for mirror-symmetric views of faces in the ventral and dorsal visual pathways. Journal of Neuroscience, 32: 11763-11772.

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