Neural processing of emotional faces requires attention.

@article{Pessoa2002NeuralPO,
  title={Neural processing of emotional faces requires attention.},
  author={Luiz Pessoa and Maria McKenna and Esperanza Guti{\'e}rrez and Leslie G. Ungerleider},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={99 17},
  pages={11458-63}
}
Attention gates the processing of stimuli relatively early in visual cortex. Yet, existing data suggest that emotional stimuli activate brain regions automatically, largely immune from attentional control. To resolve this puzzle, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to first measure activation in regions that responded differentially to faces with emotional expressions (fearful and happy) compared with neutral faces. We then measured the modulation of these responses by attention… CONTINUE READING
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