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Minh Nui Nguyen, Etsuro Hori, Jumpei Matsumoto, Anh Hai Tran, Taketoshi Ono and Hisao Nishijo Neuronal responses to face-like stimuli in the monkey pulvinar European Journal of Neuroscience 37

Article first published online: 4 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12020

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Monkey pulvinar neuronal responses to five categories of visual stimuli (facial photos, line drawings of faces, face-like patterns [three dark blobs on a bright oval], eye-like patterns, and simple geometric patterns) were investigated. Face-like patterns elicited stronger responses with the shortest latencies (50 ms). The findings suggest that the pulvinar nuclei function as the subcortical visual pathway that bypasses the striate cortex, rapidly processing coarse facial information.

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