Lesions of the human amygdala impair enhanced perception of emotionally salient events

  title={Lesions of the human amygdala impair enhanced perception of emotionally salient events},
  author={A. K. Anderson and E. Phelps},
  • A. K. Anderson, E. Phelps
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Commensurate with the importance of rapidly and efficiently evaluating motivationally significant stimuli, humans are probably endowed with distinct faculties and maintain specialized neural structures to enhance their detection. Here we consider that a critical function of the human amygdala is to enhance the perception of stimuli that have emotional significance. Under conditions of limited attention for normal perceptual awareness—that is, the attentional blink—we show that healthy observers… CONTINUE READING
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