The Emotional Brain, Fear, and the Amygdala

  title={The Emotional Brain, Fear, and the Amygdala},
  author={Joseph E LeDoux},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology},
  • Joseph E LeDoux
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Abstract1. Considerable progress has been made over the past 20 years in relating specific circuits of the brain to emotional functions. Much of this work has involved studies of Pavlovian or classical fear conditioning, a behavioral procedure that is used to couple meaningless environmental stimuli to emotional (defense) response networks.2. The major conclusion from studies of fear conditioning is that the amygdala plays critical role in linking external stimuli to defense responses.3. Before… 

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