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Nat Neurosci. 2005 Jun;8(6):720-2. Epub 2005 May 8.

An fMRI investigation of race-related amygdala activity in African-American and Caucasian-American individuals.

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Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095-1563, USA. lieber@ucla.edu

Abstract

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to examine the nature of amygdala sensitivity to race. Both African-American and Caucasian-American individuals showed greater amygdala activity to African-American targets than to Caucasian-American targets, suggesting that race-related amygdala activity may result from cultural learning rather than from the novelty of other races. Additionally, verbal encoding of African-American targets produced significantly less amygdala activity than perceptual encoding of African-American targets.

PMID:
15880106
DOI:
10.1038/nn1465
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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