The human amygdala in social judgment

  title={The human amygdala in social judgment},
  author={Ralph Adolphs and Daniel Tranel and Antonio R. Damasio},
Studies in animals have implicated the amygdala in emotional, and social, behaviours, especially those related to fear and aggression. Although lesion, and functional imaging, studies in humans have demonstrated the amygdala's participation in recognizing emotional facial expressions, its role in human social behaviour has remained unclear. We report here our investigation into the hypothesis that the human amygdala is required for accurate social judgments of other individuals on the basis of… 
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