Increased amygdala activation to angry and contemptuous faces in generalized social phobia.

@article{Stein2002IncreasedAA,
  title={Increased amygdala activation to angry and contemptuous faces in generalized social phobia.},
  author={Murray B. Stein and Philippe R. Goldin and Jitender Sareen and Lisa T Eyler Zorrilla and Gregory Brown},
  journal={Archives of general psychiatry},
  year={2002},
  volume={59 11},
  pages={1027-34}
}
BACKGROUND Generalized social phobia (GSP) is characterized by fear of social interactions and sensitivity to disapproval by others. Given the established role of the amygdala as part of a distributed neural system for the processing of emotional cues, we hypothesized that subjects with GSP would exhibit greater amygdala activation in response to harsh (angry, fearful, and contemptous) vs accepting (happy) facial emotional expressions compared with healthy control subjects (HCs). METHODS… CONTINUE READING
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