The interplay of attention and emotion: top-down attention modulates amygdala activation in psychopathy.

  title={The interplay of attention and emotion: top-down attention modulates amygdala activation in psychopathy.},
  author={Christine L. Larson and Arielle R Baskin-Sommers and Daniel M. Stout and Nicholas L. Balderston and John J. Curtin and Douglas H Schultz and Kent A. Kiehl and Joseph P. Newman},
  journal={Cognitive, affective & behavioral neuroscience},
  volume={13 4},
Psychopathic behavior has long been attributed to a fundamental deficit in fear that arises from impaired amygdala function. Growing evidence has demonstrated that fear-potentiated startle (FPS) and other psychopathy-related deficits are moderated by focus of attention, but to date, no work on adult psychopathy has examined attentional modulation of the amygdala or concomitant recruitment of relevant attention-related circuitry. Consistent with previous FPS findings, here we report that… CONTINUE READING
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