COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGYTemporal-nasal asymmetry of rapid orienting to face-like stimuliTomalski, Przemyslaw; Johnson, Mark H.; Csibra, GergelyAuthor Information Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK Correspondence to Dr Przemyslaw Tomalski, PhD, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK Tel: +44 20 7631 6327; fax: +44 20 7631 6587; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Received 11 April 2009 accepted 10 May 2009 NeuroReport: October 7th, 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 15 - p 1309-1312 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832f0acd Buy Metrics Abstract Recent work suggests that a subcortical visual route may mediate rapid orienting towards faces in the visual periphery. We now demonstrate that this orienting bias towards faces shows a temporal-nasal visual field asymmetry of responses, supporting the view that it is mediated by extrageniculate pathways. Upright schematic face-like pattern elicited faster behavioural responses than inverted one in the temporal but not in the nasal hemifield of each eye. This effect occurred for saccades but not for manual responses. The presence of a similar asymmetry of the orienting bias in newborns supports the role of extrageniculate pathways in face detection in both neonates and adults. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.