Separate neural circuits for primary emotions? Brain activity during self-induced sadness and happiness in professional actors.

@article{Pelletier2003SeparateNC,
  title={Separate neural circuits for primary emotions? Brain activity during self-induced sadness and happiness in professional actors.},
  author={Mario Pelletier and Alain Bouthillier and Johanne L{\'e}vesque and Serge Carrier and Claude Breault and Vincent Paquette and Boualem Mensour and J Leroux and G. Beaudoin and Pierre Bourgouin and Mario Beauregard},
  journal={Neuroreport},
  year={2003},
  volume={14 8},
  pages={1111-6}
}
The question of whether distinct or similar neural substrates underlie primary emotions has not been resolved yet. To address this issue, we used fMRI to scan professional actors during self-induced states of sadness and happiness. Results demonstrated that, relative to an emotionally Neutral state, both the Sad and the Happy states were associated with significant loci of activation, bilaterally, in the orbitofrontal cortex, and in the left medial prefrontal cortex, left ventrolateral… CONTINUE READING

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