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Differential responses in the fusiform region to same-race and other-race faces.

Nature neuroscience | Aug 30, 2001

Many studies have shown that people remember faces of their own race better than faces of other races. We investigated the neural substrates of same-race memory superiority using functional MRI (fMRI). European-American (EA) and African-American (AA) males underwent fMRI while they viewed photographs of AA males, EA males and objects under intentional encoding conditions. Recognition memory was superior for same-race versus other-race faces. Individually defined areas in the fusiform region that responded preferentially to faces had greater response to same-race versus other-race faces. Across both groups, memory differences between same-race and other-race faces correlated with activation in left fusiform cortex and right parahippocampal and hippocampal areas. These results suggest that differential activation in fusiform regions contributes to same-race memory superiority.

Pubmed ID: 11477432 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Adolescent | Adult | Brain Mapping | Cerebrovascular Circulation | Emotions | Functional Laterality | Humans | Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Male | Memory | Pattern Recognition, Visual | Photic Stimulation | Psychomotor Performance | Race Relations | Reaction Time | Social Behavior | Temporal Lobe | Visual Pathways

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: F32 NS010925-01
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: F32 NS010925-02
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: F32 NS010925
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: F32 NS10925-01
  • Agency: NIMH NIH HHS, Id: MH59940

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