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The Cognitive-Emotional BrainFrom Interactions to Integration$
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Luiz Pessoa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019569

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019569.001.0001

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Amygdala: From Determining “What Is It?” to Determining “What’s to Be Done?”

Amygdala: From Determining “What Is It?” to Determining “What’s to Be Done?”

(p.7) 2 Amygdala: From Determining “What Is It?” to Determining “What’s to Be Done?”
The Cognitive-Emotional Brain

Luiz Pessoa

The MIT Press

The amygdala is a core structure in a system involved in “What is it?” processing and thus contributes to highlighting what is of significance to the organism. It is argued that the functions of the amygdala extend beyond those surrounding “What is it?” and involve “What’s to be done?” A key reason for this is that the amygdala participates in the representation of value (including positive value) and in decision making, as revealed in both nonhuman and human studies.

Keywords:   amygdala, anatomy, attention, value, decision making

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