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Pyasik M.M., Vartanov A.V. The perception, memorization and recognition of faces: electrophysiological research of working memory

Full text in Russian: Пясик М.М., Вартанов А.В. Восприятие, запоминание и узнавание лица: электрофизиологическое исследование рабочей памяти
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The present research investigates brain electrical activity related to perception, memorization and recognition of human faces as the stages of working memory process. Participants in the study were 58 healthy people (middle age - 20.9±5.1 years old). The study consisted of four parts of a computer test: a task on face perception, two different tasks on memorization and recognition the images of faces from the working memory and a control task on perception of complex geometric figures. Multichannel EEG with event-related potentials (ERPs) was registered during the test. Obtained data analysis included the comparison of averaged for all subjects ERP amplitudes between different tasks. We revealed significant differences in earlier ERP components (P120) on the occipital regions of the scalp between the geometric figures perception task and all tasks with face stimuli. The differences were also found for later negative components (N300-500) on the frontal, temporal and central scalp regions between the perception tasks and both memory tasks. The results are discussed in light of a hypothesis that information about faces is processed by a specific brain system.

Keywords: working memory, face perception, electroencephalography, event-related potentials, brain mechanisms of the cognitive processes



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Received 21 July 2015. Date of publication: 29 December 2015.

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Pyasik Maria M. Ph.D. Student, Department Psychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11/9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Vartanov Alexander V. Ph.D., Senior  Research Associate, Department Psychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11/9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Pyasik M.M., Vartanov A.V. The perception, memorization and recognition of faces: electrophysiological research of working memory. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 44, p. 5. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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