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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2002 Apr;12(2):169-77.

Neural systems for recognizing emotion.

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Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Neurology, 200 Hawkins Drive, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 52242, USA.


Recognition of emotion draws on a distributed set of structures that include the occipitotemporal neocortex, amygdala, orbitofrontal cortex and right frontoparietal cortices. Recognition of fear may draw especially on the amygdala and the detection of disgust may rely on the insula and basal ganglia. Two important mechanisms for recognition of emotions are the construction of a simulation of the observed emotion in the perceiver, and the modulation of sensory cortices via top-down influences.

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