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Nat Neurosci. 2009 Oct;12(10):1226-7. doi: 10.1038/nn.2381. Epub 2009 Aug 30.

Personal space regulation by the human amygdala.

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  • 1Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA. kennedy@caltech.edu

Abstract

The amygdala plays key roles in emotion and social cognition, but how this translates to face-to-face interactions involving real people remains unknown. We found that an individual with complete amygdala lesions lacked any sense of personal space. Furthermore, healthy individuals showed amygdala activation upon close personal proximity. The amygdala may be required to trigger the strong emotional reactions normally following personal space violations, thus regulating interpersonal distance in humans.

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