Anxiety overrides the blocking effects of high perceptual load on amygdala reactivity to threat-related distractors

@article{Cornwell2011AnxietyOT,
  title={Anxiety overrides the blocking effects of high perceptual load on amygdala reactivity to threat-related distractors},
  author={Brian R. Cornwell and Ruben P. Alvarez and Shmuel Lissek and Raphael Kaplan and Christian Grillon},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2011},
  volume={49},
  pages={1363-1368}
}
Amygdala reactivity to threat-related distractor stimuli can be abolished in perceptually demanding contexts. Premised on the biological imperative to respond swiftly to threat, we demonstrate, however, that when participants are threatened by shock, greater amygdala responses to fearful compared to neutral distractor faces is preserved under conditions of high attentional demand. Lateral prefrontal cortices also showed selective responding to fearful distractor faces under these conditions… CONTINUE READING
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