Preferential attention to animals and people is independent of the amygdala.

@article{Wang2015PreferentialAT,
  title={Preferential attention to animals and people is independent of the amygdala.},
  author={Shuo Wang and Naotsugu Tsuchiya and Joshua R. New and Ren{\'e} Hurlemann and Ralph Adolphs},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={371-80}
}
The amygdala is thought to play a critical role in detecting salient stimuli. Several studies have taken ecological approaches to investigating such saliency, and argue for domain-specific effects for processing certain natural stimulus categories, in particular faces and animals. Linking this to the amygdala, neurons in the human amygdala have been found… CONTINUE READING