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Processing of Emotional and Social Information by the Human Amygdala

Adolphs, Ralph (2004) Processing of Emotional and Social Information by the Human Amygdala. In: The cognitive neurosciences. CogNet Library: References Collection. MIT Press , Cambridge, MA, pp. 1017-1030. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20100803-141557560

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Abstract

Studies in animals have implicated the amygdala in social and emotional information processing. Within the past decade, the role of this structure has also been investigated in humans, using a variety of techniques. Perhaps best explored is its function in social judgments about facial expressions, the focus of this review. Lesion studies, electrophysiology, and functional imaging have all been brought to bear on this topic, and these approaches have begun to sketch the processes whereby the amygdala links perceptual representations of emotional sensory stimuli with the elicitation of behavioral and cognitive responses. These responses, in turn, both guide social behavior and generate social knowledge. The chapter closes with a preview of future directions that this line of research suggests.


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Additional Information:© 2004 MIT Press. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Sloan Foundation, the E.J.L.B. Foundation, the Klingenstein Fund, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
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