Early Preferential Responses to Fear Stimuli in Human Right Dorsal Visual Stream - A Meg Study

Hanneke K. M. Meeren, Nouchine Hadjikhani*, Seppo P. Ahlfors, Matti S. Hamalainen, Beatrice de Gelder

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Emotional expressions of others are salient biological stimuli that automatically capture attention and prepare us for action. We investigated the early cortical dynamics of automatic visual discrimination of fearful body expressions by monitoring cortical activity using magnetoencephalography. We show that right parietal cortex distinguishes between fearful and neutral bodies as early as 80-ms after stimulus onset, providing the first evidence for a fast emotion-attention-action link through human dorsal visual stream.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24831
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

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