The role of human basolateral amygdala in ambiguous social threat perception

B. de Gelder, D. Terburg, B. Morgan, R. Hortensius, D.J. Stein, J. van Honk

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that the amygdala (AMG) plays a role in how affective signals are processed. Animal research has allowed this role to be better understood and has assigned to the basolateral amygdala (BLA) an important role in threat perception. Here we show that, when passively exposed to bodily threat signals during a facial expressions recognition task, humans with bilateral BLA damage but with a functional central-medial amygdala (CMA) have a profound deficit in ignoring task-irrelevant bodily threat signals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalCortex
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Body emotion expressions
  • Urbach-Wiethe disease
  • Emotion
  • Basolateral amygdala
  • WHOLE-BODY
  • FEARFUL FACES
  • EMOTION
  • DAMAGE
  • EXPRESSION
  • CORTEX

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