Examining the role of red background in magnocellular contribution to face perception

Awasthi, B., Williams, M. A. and Friedman, J. (2016) Examining the role of red background in magnocellular contribution to face perception. PeerJ, 4, e1617. (doi: 10.7717/peerj.1617) (PMID:26925312) (PMCID:PMC4768705)

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This study examines the role of the magnocellular system in the early stages of face perception, in particular sex categorization. Utilizing the specific property of magnocellular suppression in red light, we investigated visually guided reaching to low and high spatial frequency hybrid faces against red and grey backgrounds. The arm movement curvature measure shows that reduced response of the magnocellular pathway interferes with the low spatial frequency component of face perception. This finding provides behavioral evidence for magnocellular contribution to non-emotional aspect of face perception.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Awasthi, Dr Bhuvanesh
Authors: Awasthi, B., Williams, M. A., and Friedman, J.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:PeerJ
ISSN (Online):2167-8359
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Awasthi et al.
First Published:First published in PeerJ 4: e1617
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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