The role of the amygdala in visual awareness

  title={The role of the amygdala in visual awareness},
  author={Seth Duncan and Lisa Feldman Barrett},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
Pessoa and colleagues recently reported the novel finding that objective awareness of a negative stimulus is associated with coactivation of the amygdala and fusiform gyrus. Based on the neuroanatomical connections of the amygdala, we suggest that the amygdala is acting to increase neural activity in the fusiform gyrus, thereby increasing the likelihood that visual representations that have affective value reach awareness. The psychological consequence is that a person's momentary affective… CONTINUE READING

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