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Behav Brain Sci. 2012 Jun;35(3):155-6. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X11001531.

The sleeping brain and the neural basis of emotions.

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  • 1Institute of Neurobiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria. roumen_kirov@yahoo.com


In addition to active wake, emotions are generated and experienced in a variety of functionally different states such as those of sleep, during which external stimulation and cognitive control are lacking. The neural basis of emotions can be specified by regarding the multitude of emotion-related brain states, as well as the distinct neuro- and psychodynamic stages (generation and regulation) of emotional experience.

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