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Hope Psychology Seminar, Dr. Lucia Garrido: Multisensory representations of faces and voices
February 20, 2019 @ 16:00 - 17:00
VENUE: Hope Park Sports Building Room 106
Abstract: Faces and voices convey much of the non-verbal information that we use when communicating with other people. We look at faces and listen to voices to recognise others, understand how they are feeling, and decide how to act. Recent research in my lab aims to investigate whether there are similar coding mechanisms to represent faces and voices, and whether there are brain regions that integrate this information across the visual and auditory modalities. I will focus on three main studies during my talk. In a first study (Kuhn et al., 2017), we found highly similar representations of emotion across facial and vocal stimuli, which suggest similar or shared coding mechanisms for emotion that may act independently of modality. In a second study, we used fMRI and found that a region of the posterior STS seems to contain modality-general representations of familiar people that can be similarly driven by faces and voices. In the final part of my talk, I will describe our recent attempts to shed light on the type of information that is represented about familiar people in different face- and voice-responsive brain regions.
All are welcome, light refreshments are served afterwards.