Emotional automaticity is a matter of timing

Qian Luo, Tom Holroyd, Catherine Majestic, Xi Cheng, Julia Schechter, R. James Blair

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There has been a long controversy concerning whether the amygdala's response to emotional stimuli is automatic or dependent on attentional load. Using magnoencephalography and an advanced beamformer source localization technique, we found that amygdala automaticity was a function of time: while early amygdala responding to emotional stimuli (40-140 ms) was unaffected by attentional load, later amygdala response (280-410 ms), subsequent to frontoparietal cortex activity, was modulated by attentional load.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5825-5829
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 28 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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