Amygdala automaticity in emotional processing

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Apr;985:348-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2003.tb07093.x.


The question addressed in this paper is whether the human amygdala processes threat-related stimuli independent of selective attention. This is considered from a functional neuroimaging perspective, describing studies in normal volunteers and patients with brain lesions. The conclusion is that the evidence for such automaticity is strong, indicating that important distinctions exist between emotion and other forms of cognition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amygdala / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Diseases / physiopathology
  • Brain Diseases / psychology
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Reference Values