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Paper   IPM / Cognitive / 12744
School of Cognitive Sciences
  Title:   Neuronal correlates of view representation revealed by face view aftereffect
1.  Behrad Noudoost
2.  Hossein Esteky
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Neuroscience
  Vol.:  13
  Year:  2013
  Pages:   5761-5772
  Supported by:  IPM
Recognition of face views is a crucial component of our social behavior. However, little is known about the neuronal basis of face view recognition. Recent psychophysical studies have shown that adaptation to a particular face view changes perception of other views in humans. To understand the neuronal basis of face view representation and the mechanisms involved in face view adaptation we studied the responses of IT neurons before and after face view adaptation. We first employed face-view adaptation to show that monkeys, as well as humans, exhibit face-view aftereffect suggesting the presence of a view sensitive representation in primates. Then, we recorded from IT neurons of monkeys and found that changes in responses of these neurons can account for changes in perception of face views due to adaptation, indicating IT cortex as a neural correlate of face view perception. More importantly, we provide evidence that IT neurons with wide view tuning not only conveyed face view information but also exhibited neural signatures of view aftereffect prior to neurons with narrower tuning. Our findings show that view-dependent representation of objects does not necessarily depend on narrow-tuned neurons. The finding that wide view tuned neurons account for view specific perceptual changes implies the importance of accumulating sensitivity and tolerance at the level of IT neurons, as the final stage of visual object recognition.

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