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Sex Differences in the Neuromagnetic Cortical Response to Biological Motion

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Body motion is a rich source of information for social interaction, and visual biological motion processing may be considered as a hall- mark of social cognition. It is unclear, however, whether the social brain is sex specific. Here we assess sex impact on the magnetoencephalographic (MEG) cortical response to point-light human locomotion. Sex differences in the cortical MEG response to biological motion occur mostly over the right brain hemisphere. At early latencies, females exhibit a greater activation than males over the right parietal, left temporal, and right temporal cortex, a core of the social brain. At later latencies, the boosts of activation are greater in males over the right frontal and occipital cortices. The findings deliver the first evidence for gender-dependent modes in the time course and topography of the neural circuitry underpinning visual processing of biological motion. The outcome represents a framework for studying sex differences in the social brain in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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hal-01662974 , version 1 (13-12-2017)

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Marina Pavlova, Alexander N. Sokolov, Christel Bidet-Ildei. Sex Differences in the Neuromagnetic Cortical Response to Biological Motion. Cerebral Cortex, 2015, 25 (10), pp.3468 - 3474. ⟨10.1093/cercor/bhu175⟩. ⟨hal-01662974⟩
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