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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009 Jan;10(1):37-47. doi: 10.1038/nrn2554. Epub 2008 Dec 3.

Tuning the developing brain to social signals of emotions.

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Department of Psychology, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

Abstract

Humans in different cultures develop a similar capacity to recognize the emotional signals of diverse facial expressions. This capacity is mediated by a brain network that involves emotion-related brain circuits and higher-level visual-representation areas. Recent studies suggest that the key components of this network begin to emerge early in life. The studies also suggest that initial biases in emotion-related brain circuits and the early coupling of these circuits and cortical perceptual areas provide a foundation for a rapid acquisition of representations of those facial features that denote specific emotions.

PMID:
19050711
PMCID:
PMC2976651
DOI:
10.1038/nrn2554
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