The neural basis of visual body perception

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2007 Aug;8(8):636-48. doi: 10.1038/nrn2195.


The human body, like the human face, is a rich source of socially relevant information about other individuals. Evidence from studies of both humans and non-human primates points to focal regions of the higher-level visual cortex that are specialized for the visual perception of the body. These body-selective regions, which can be dissociated from regions involved in face perception, have been implicated in the perception of the self and the 'body schema', the perception of others' emotions and the understanding of actions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Image*
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Emotions / physiology
  • Evoked Potentials / physiology
  • Face
  • Humans
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Social Behavior
  • Temporal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology
  • Visual Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology*