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FFA: a flexible fusiform area for subordinate-level visual processing automatized by expertise

Much evidence suggests that the fusiform face area is involved in face processing. In contrast to the accompanying article by Kanwisher, we conclude that the apparent face selectivity of this area reflects a more generalized form of processing not intrinsically specific to faces.

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Figure 1: Examples of Greebles.
Figure 2: Complex selectivity of IT cells.


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This work was a collaborative effort, and the order of authorship is arbitrary. We thank D. Sheinberg for his careful reading of this review. M.J.T. thanks S. Pinker for a challenging discussion on some of the issues raised here; I.G. thanks N. Kanwisher for many stimulating discussions on our diverging opinions. This work was supported by NSF Award SBR-9615819.

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Tarr, M., Gauthier, I. FFA: a flexible fusiform area for subordinate-level visual processing automatized by expertise. Nat Neurosci 3, 764–769 (2000).

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