Brief Communication abstract

Nature Neuroscience 9, 738 - 739 (2006)
Published online: 21 May 2006 | doi:10.1038/nn1710

Adaptation of gender derived from biological motion

Heather Jordan1,2, Mazyar Fallah1,2 & Gene R Stoner1


Human observers adapted to complex biological motions that distinguish males from females: viewing the gait of one gender biased judgments of subsequent gaits toward the opposite gender. This adaptation was not simply due to local features of the stimuli but instead relied upon the global motion of the figures. These results suggest the existence of neurons selective for gender and demonstrate that gender-from-motion judgments are not fixed but depend upon recent viewing history.

  1. Salk Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037, USA.
  2. Present address: Center for Vision Research, York University, 4500 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada.

Correspondence to: Heather Jordan1,2 e-mail:


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