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The Cognitive-Emotional Brain
Author: Luiz Pessoa

ISBN: 9780262019569
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 12 September 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.4
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The idea that a specific brain circuit constitutes the emotional brain (and its corollary, that cognition resides elsewhere) shaped thinking about emotion and the brain for many years. Recent behavioral, neuropsychological, neuroanatomy, and neuroimaging research, however, suggests that emotion interacts with cognition in the brain. In this book, Luiz Pessoa moves beyond the debate over functional specialization, describing the many ways that emotion and cognition interact and are integrated in the brain.

The amygdala is often viewed as the quintessential emotional region of the brain, but Pessoa reviews findings revealing that many of its functions contribute to attention and decision making, critical components of cognitive functions. He counters the idea of a subcortical pathway to the amygdala for affective visual stimuli with an alternate framework, themultiple waves model. Citing research on reward and motivation, Pessoa also proposes thedual competition model, which explains emotional and motivational processing in terms of their influence on competition processes at both perceptual and execut...

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