Speaker: Dr Lúcia Garrido, City, University of London
Faces and voices convey much of the non-verbal information that we use when communicating with other people.
We look at faces and listen to voices to recognize others, understand how they are feeling, and decide how to act.
Recent research in my lab aims to investigate whether there are similar coding mechanisms to represent faces and voices, and whether there are brain regions that integrate information across the visual and auditory modalities.
In the first part of my talk, I will focus on an fMRI study in which we found that a region of the posterior STS exhibits modality-general representations of familiar people that can be similarly driven by someone’s face and their voice (Tsantani et al. 2019).
In the second part of the talk, I will describe our recent attempts to shed light on the type of information that is represented in different face- and voice-responsive brain regions (Tsantani et al., 2021). Tsantani, M., Kriegeskorte, N., McGettigan, C., & Garrido, L. (2019).
Faces and voices in the brain: a modality-general person-identity representation in superior temporal sulcus.
Neuroimage, 201, 116004. Tsantani, M., Kriegeskorte, N., Storrs, K., Williams, A., McGettigan, C., & Garrido, L. (2021).
FFA and OFA encode distinct types of face identity information. Journal of Neuroscience, 41(9), 1952-1969.
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