Human amygdala responsivity to masked fearful eye whites

Science. 2004 Dec 17;306(5704):2061. doi: 10.1126/science.1103617.


The amygdala was more responsive to fearful (larger) eye whites than to happy (smaller) eye whites presented in a masking paradigm that mitigated subjects' awareness of their presence and aberrant nature. These data demonstrate that the amygdala is responsive to elements of.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amygdala / physiology*
  • Facial Expression*
  • Fear*
  • Female
  • Happiness
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Perceptual Masking
  • Sclera*