A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala

Florian Mormann, Julien Dubois, Simon Kornblith, Milica Mormann, Moran Cerf, Matias Ison, Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Alexander Kraskov, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Ralph Adolphs, Itzhak Fried, Christof Koch

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The amygdala is important in emotion, but it remains unknown whether it is specialized for certain stimulus categories. We analyzed responses recorded from 489 single neurons in the amygdalae of 41 neurosurgical patients and found a categorical selectivity for pictures of animals in the right amygdala. This selectivity appeared to be independent of emotional valence or arousal and may reflect the importance that animals held throughout our evolutionary past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1247-1249
Number of pages3
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Mormann, F., Dubois, J., Kornblith, S., Mormann, M., Cerf, M., Ison, M., ... Koch, C. (2011). A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. Nature Neuroscience, 14(10), 1247-1249. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.2899

A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. / Mormann, Florian; Dubois, Julien; Kornblith, Simon; Mormann, Milica; Cerf, Moran; Ison, Matias; Tsuchiya, Naotsugu; Kraskov, Alexander; Quiroga, Rodrigo Quian; Adolphs, Ralph; Fried, Itzhak; Koch, Christof.

In: Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 14, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 1247-1249.

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Mormann, F, Dubois, J, Kornblith, S, Mormann, M, Cerf, M, Ison, M, Tsuchiya, N, Kraskov, A, Quiroga, RQ, Adolphs, R, Fried, I & Koch, C 2011, 'A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala', Nature Neuroscience, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 1247-1249. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.2899
Mormann F, Dubois J, Kornblith S, Mormann M, Cerf M, Ison M et al. A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. Nature Neuroscience. 2011 Oct;14(10):1247-1249. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.2899
Mormann, Florian ; Dubois, Julien ; Kornblith, Simon ; Mormann, Milica ; Cerf, Moran ; Ison, Matias ; Tsuchiya, Naotsugu ; Kraskov, Alexander ; Quiroga, Rodrigo Quian ; Adolphs, Ralph ; Fried, Itzhak ; Koch, Christof. / A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. In: Nature Neuroscience. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. 10. pp. 1247-1249.
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