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Faces and places: of central (and peripheral) interest

Early visual cortical areas are organized in retinotopic coordinates. Levy and colleagues now report that category-selective regions show a similar organization, with face-selective areas responding more to central stimuli and place-selective areas responding to peripheral stimuli.

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Figure 1: Eye movement scanpath (in red) of a person viewing a painting by Rein; note the tendency to fixate on the faces.


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Kanwisher, N. Faces and places: of central (and peripheral) interest. Nat Neurosci 4, 455–456 (2001).

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