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Trends Cogn Sci. 2017 May;21(5):303-306. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.02.004. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

Semantics, Surplus Meaning, and the Science of Fear.

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Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA; Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY 10962, USA. Electronic address: ledoux@cns.nyu.edu.

Abstract

When subjective state words are used to describe behaviors, or brain circuits that control them nonconsciously, the behaviors and circuits take on properties of the subjective state. Research on fear illustrates the problems that can result. Subjective state words should be limited to the description of inner experiences, and avoided when referring to circuits underlying nonsubjectively controlled behaviors.

PMID:
28318937
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2017.02.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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