Brain activation while forming memories of fearful and neutral faces in women and men.
2007 (English)In: Emotion, ISSN 1528-3542, Vol. 7, no 4, 767-773 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Event-related functional MRI (fMRI) was used to assess brain activity during encoding of fearful and neutral faces in 12 women and 12 men. In a subsequent memory analysis, the authors separated successful from unsuccessful encoding of both types of faces, based on whether they were remembered or forgotten in a later recognition memory test. Overall, women and men recruited overlapping neural circuitries. Both sexes activated right-sided medial-temporal regions during successful encoding of fearful faces. Successful encoding of neutral faces was associated with left-sided lateral prefrontal and right-sided superior frontal activation in both sexes. In women, relatively greater encoding related activity for neutral faces was seen in the superior parietal and parahippocampal cortices. By contrast, men activated the left and right superior/middle frontal cortex more than women during successful encoding of the same neutral faces. These findings suggest that women and men use similar neural networks to encode facial information, with only subtle sex differences observed for neutral faces.
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2007. Vol. 7, no 4, 767-773 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8110DOI: doi:10.1037/1528-3522.214.171.1247PubMedID: 18039046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-8110DiVA: diva2:147781