Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing

Jean Marc Fellous, Joseph Ledoux

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Abstract

This chapter examines the basic principles governing emotional processing. It re-evaluates the concept of the limbic system and identifies the amygdala as a crucial component of the system involved in the acquisition, storage, and expression of fear memory. Amygdala acts as a species-specific danger detector that can be quickly activated by threatening stimuli, and that can be modulated by higher cognitive systems. The amygdala influences the cognitive system by way of projections to arousal centres that control the way actions and perceptions are performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWho Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199847020, 9780195166194
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

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Amygdala
Limbic System
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Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Arousal centres
  • Cognitive system
  • Emotional processing
  • Limbic system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Fellous, J. M., & Ledoux, J. (2012). Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing. In Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.003.0004

Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing. / Fellous, Jean Marc; Ledoux, Joseph.

Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fellous, JM & Ledoux, J 2012, Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing. in Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.003.0004
Fellous JM, Ledoux J. Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing. In Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.003.0004
Fellous, Jean Marc ; Ledoux, Joseph. / Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing. Who Needs Emotions?: The Brain Meets the Robot. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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