Face-related ERPs are modulated by point of gaze

James McPartland, Celeste H M Cheung, Danielle Perszyk, Linda C Mayes

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This study examined the influence of gaze fixation on face-sensitive ERPs. A fixation crosshair presented prior to face onset directed visual attention to upper, central, or lower face regions while ERPs were recorded. This manipulation modulated a face-sensitive component (N170) but not an early sensory component (P1). Upper and lower face fixations elicited enhanced N170 amplitude and longer N170 latency. Results expand upon extant hemodynamic research by demonstrating early effects at basic stages of face processing. These findings distinguish attention to facial features in context from attention to isolated features, and they inform electrophysiological studies of face processing in clinical populations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)3657-3660
Number of pages4
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attention
  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual
  • Face
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Reaction Time
  • Young Adult

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