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Single Neuron Studies of the Human BrainProbing Cognition$
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Itzhak Fried, Ueli Rutishauser, Moran Cerf, and Gabriel Kreiman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027205

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027205.001.0001

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Electrophysiological Responses to Faces in the Human Amygdala

Electrophysiological Responses to Faces in the Human Amygdala

(p.229) 13 Electrophysiological Responses to Faces in the Human Amygdala
Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain

Itzhak Fried

The MIT Press

The human amygdala is critical for social cognition from faces. Here, we review the insights that have been gained from human single neuron recordings on how the human amygdala represents social information, with a focus on emotional faces. We review data that shows that a substantial proportion of amygdala neurons respond to facial stimuli. We identify and describe two distinct populations: whole face neurons and part neurons. The former respond holistically to the presentation of whole faces only whereas the later respond specifically to the presence of the eyes or the mouth. We conclude by summarizing current challenges and next steps.

Keywords:   Faces, Emotions, Amygdala, Autism, facial features

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