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Effects of face view discrimination learning on N170 latency and amplitude.
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PMID:  21911001     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Learning is critical for fast and efficient object recognition. However, the neural implementation of object learning in the human brain remains largely unknown. Using combined psychophysics and electroencephalogram (EEG), we investigated the effects of perceptual learning on face processing. Human subjects were trained to discriminate face views at an in-depth face orientation (i.e. 30°) over eight daily sessions, which resulted in a significant improvement in sensitivity to the trained face view. Psychophysical results showed that this improvement was highly specific to the trained view. Before and after training, we recorded subjects' EEG signals responding to the trained and the untrained face views. Analyses of event-related potentials (ERPs) showed that face view discrimination training led to a larger reduction of N170 latency at the left occipital-temporal area with the trained face view, compared with the untrained ones. These findings provide evidence for the facilitation model on neuronal plasticity from visual experience, suggesting a faster processing speed of face induced by perceptual learning.
Junzhu Su; Cheng Chen; Dongjun He; Fang Fang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-5646     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Department of Psychology and Key Laboratory of Machine Perception (Ministry of Education), Peking University, Beijing 100871, PR China.
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