The Human Amygdala

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Paul J. Whalen, Elizabeth A. Phelps
Guilford Press, 2009 - 429 Seiten
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Building on pioneering animal studies, and making use of new, noninvasive techniques for studying the human brain, research on the human amygdala has blossomed in recent years. This comprehensive volume brings together leading authorities to synthesize current knowledge on the amygdala and its role in psychological function and dysfunction. Initial chapters discuss how animal models have paved the way for work with human subjects. Next, the book examines the amygdala's involvement in emotional processing, learning, memory, and social interaction. The final section presents key advances in understanding specific clinical disorders: anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer's disease. Illustrations include more than 25 color plates.
 

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Neuroanatomy of the Primate Amygdala
3
Insights from Other Animals
43
Measurement of Fear Inhibition in Rats Monkeys
61
A Developmental Perspective on Human
107
Human Fear Conditioning and the Amygdala
118
Methodological Approaches to Studying
155
The Human Amygdala and Memory
177
The Human Amygdala and the Control of Fear
204
Human Amygdala Responses to Facial Expressions
265
The Human Amygdala in Social Function
289
The Human Amygdala in Anxiety Disorders
321
The Human Amygdala in Schizophrenia
344
The Human Amygdala in Autism
362
The Human Amygdala in Normal Aging
382
The Genetic Basis of Amygdala Reactivity
406
nd ex
417

The Role of the Human Amygdala in Perception
220
Individual Differences in Human Amygdala Function
250

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Über den Autor (2009)

Paul J. Whalen, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. The focus of his research is to better understand the neural substrates of biologically relevant learning in humans. To this end, Dr. Whalen's laboratory studies the human amygdala as a model system for such learning. Specifically, he studies the response of the human amygdala to facial expressions of emotion to assess normal amygdala-prefrontal function, as well as aberrations in this circuitry in psychopathology.

Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD, is Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory, and decision making. Dr. Phelps is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Neuroethics, was President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, and is the current Editor of the journal Emotion.

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