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Abstract #0078

Affective context affects the response of the fusiform gyrus: fMRI investigations of the face processing network in adolescence

Marta Re 1 , Vaibhav Diwadkar 2 , and Paolo Brambilla 1

1 RUBIN, ICBN, University of Udine and University of Verona, Udine, Italy, 2 Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University SOM, Detroit, MI, United States

Emotion processing and the ability to decode facial expressions is crucial for normal emotional development but the evolution of these processes and of the neural systems associated with this over the adolescence remains unclear. Moreover, understanding cognitive top-down effects during affective processing is of relevance as these mechanisms may modulate the response of the face processing network. In this study, by means of an fMRI task, we evaluated differential top-down effects on the modulation of the face processing network and founded an affected response of the fusiform gyrus in adolescents.

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