Intact rapid detection of fearful faces in the absence of the amygdala

Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Farshad Moradi, Csilla Felsen, Madoka Yamazaki, Ralph Adolphs

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The amygdala is thought to process fear-related stimuli rapidly and nonconsciously. We found that an individual with complete bilateral amygdala lesions, who cannot recognize fear from faces, nonetheless showed normal rapid detection and nonconscious processing of those same fearful faces. We conclude that the amygdala is not essential for early stages of fear processing but, instead, modulates recognition and social judgment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224 - 1225
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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