Fine-scale dynamics of functional connectivity in the face-processing network during movie watching

Gidon Levakov, Olaf Sporns, Galia Avidan

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Mapping the human face-processing network is typically done during rest or using isolated, static face images, overlooking widespread cortical interactions obtained in response to naturalistic face dynamics and context. To determine how inter-subject functional correlation (ISFC) relates to face recognition scores, we measure cortical connectivity patterns in response to a dynamic movie in typical adults (N = 517). We find a positive correlation with recognition scores in edges connecting the occipital visual and anterior temporal regions and a negative correlation in edges connecting the attentional dorsal, frontal default, and occipital visual regions. We measure the inter-subject stimulus-evoked response at a single TR resolution and demonstrate that co-fluctuations in face-selective edges are related to activity in core face-selective regions and that the ISFC patterns peak during boundaries between movie segments rather than during the presence of faces. Our approach demonstrates how face processing is linked to fine-scale dynamics in attentional, memory, and perceptual neural circuitry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112585
JournalCell Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - 27 Jun 2023


  • CP: Neuroscience
  • dynamic connectivity
  • face perception
  • face recognition
  • functional connectivity
  • network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)


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