Different time course between scene processing and face processing: A MEG study

Nobuya Sato, Katsuki Nakamura, Akinori Nakamura, Motoaki Sugiura, Kengo Ito, Hiroshi Fukuda, Ryuta Kawashima

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USING magnetoencephalography (MEG), the neural response to scenes was recorded and compared with that to faces. The prominent MEG signals in response to scenes appeared 200-300ms after the stimulus presentation while those in response to faces appeared between 150 and 200 ms. Source locations of the signals were estimated in the right parahippocampal and paroieto- occipital regions with a latency of 300ms for the scene response, whereas those were estimated in the lingual or fusiform gyri bilaterally with a latency of 160ms for the face response. These data suggest that both the temporal and parietal regions process scenes, while the occipito-temporal regions process faces, and that scene processing takes a longer time than face processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3633-3637
Number of pages5
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Nov 26


  • Face
  • Human
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Scene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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