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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Oct;11(10):697-709. doi: 10.1038/nrn2889. Epub 2010 Sep 2.

Neural bases of the non-conscious perception of emotional signals.

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Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Tilburg University, P.O. BOX 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands.


Many emotional stimuli are processed without being consciously perceived. Recent evidence indicates that subcortical structures have a substantial role in this processing. These structures are part of a phylogenetically ancient pathway that has specific functional properties and that interacts with cortical processes. There is now increasing evidence that non-consciously perceived emotional stimuli induce distinct neurophysiological changes and influence behaviour towards the consciously perceived world. Understanding the neural bases of the non-conscious perception of emotional signals will clarify the phylogenetic continuity of emotion systems across species and the integration of cortical and subcortical activity in the human brain.

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