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Spatiotemporal dynamics in human visual cortex rapidly encode the emotional content of faces

Diana C. Dima Orcid Logo, Gavin Perry, Eirini Messaritaki, Jiaxiang Zhang Orcid Logo, Krish D. Singh

Human Brain Mapping, Volume: 39, Issue: 10, Pages: 3993 - 4006

Swansea University Author: Jiaxiang Zhang Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/hbm.24226

Abstract

Recognizing emotion in faces is important in human interaction and survival, yet existing studies do not paint a consistent picture of the neural representation supporting this task. To address this, we collected magnetoencephalography (MEG) data while participants passively viewed happy, angry and...

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Published in: Human Brain Mapping
ISSN: 1065-9471
Published: Wiley 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa61341
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Abstract: Recognizing emotion in faces is important in human interaction and survival, yet existing studies do not paint a consistent picture of the neural representation supporting this task. To address this, we collected magnetoencephalography (MEG) data while participants passively viewed happy, angry and neutral faces. Using time-resolved decoding of sensor-level data, we show that responses to angry faces can be discriminated from happy and neutral faces as early as 90 ms after stimulus onset and only 10 ms later than faces can be discriminated from scrambled stimuli, even in the absence of differences in evoked responses. Time-resolved relevance patterns in source space track expression-related information from the visual cortex (100 ms) to higher-level temporal and frontal areas (200–500 ms). Together, our results point to a system optimised for rapid processing of emotional faces and preferentially tuned to threat, consistent with the important evolutionary role that such a system must have played in the development of human social interactions.
Keywords: face perception, magnetoencephalography (MEG), multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA), threat bias
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: Medical Research Council and Engineeringand Physical Sciences Research Council,Grant/Award Number: MR/K00546/
Issue: 10
Start Page: 3993
End Page: 4006