Visual Experience is not Necessary for the Development of Face Selectivity in the Lateral Fusiform Gyrus [article]

N. Apurva Ratan Murty, Santani Teng, David Beeler, Anna Mynick, Aude Oliva, Nancy G Kanwisher
2020 bioRxiv   pre-print
Here we show robust face-selectivity in the lateral fusiform gyrus of congenitally blind participants during haptic exploration of 3D-printed stimuli, indicating that neither visual experience, nor fovea-biased input, nor visual expertise is necessary for face-selectivity to arise in its characteristic location. Similar resting fMRI correlation fingerprints in individual blind and sighted participants suggest a role for long-range connectivity in the specification of the cortical locus of face-selectivity.
doi:10.1101/2020.02.25.964890 fatcat:6m7qgis6xnb6tomrn4ka3pov4a