Amygdalar roles during exposure to a live predator and to a predator-associated context

@article{Martnez2011AmygdalarRD,
  title={Amygdalar roles during exposure to a live predator and to a predator-associated context},
  author={Ra{\'u}l Cort{\'e}s Mart{\'i}nez and Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho-Netto and {\'E}rika Renata Ribeiro-Barbosa and Marcus Vin{\'i}cius Chrys{\'o}stomo Baldo and Newton Sabino Canteras},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={2011},
  volume={172},
  pages={314-328}
}
The amygdala plays a critical role in determining the emotional significance of sensory stimuli and the production of fear-related responses. Large amygdalar lesions have been shown to practically abolish innate defensiveness to a predator; however, it is not clear how the different amygdalar systems participate in the defensive response to a live predator. Our first aim was to provide a comprehensive analysis of the amygdalar activation pattern during exposure to a live cat and to a predator… CONTINUE READING

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