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The Human Amygdala


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I. From Animal Models to Human Amygdala Function 1. Neuroanatomy of the Primate Amygdala, Jennifer Freese and David G. Amaral2. The Human Amygdala: Insights from Other Animals, Joseph E. LeDoux and Daniela Schiller3. Measurement of Fear Inhibition in Rats, Monkeys, and Humans with or without Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Using the AX+, BX-Paradigm, Karyn M. Myers, Donna J. Toufexis, James T. Winslow, Tanja Jovanovic, Seth D. Norrholm, Erica J. Duncan, and Michael Davis4. Amygdala Function in Positive Reinforcement: Contributions from Studies of Nonhuman Primates, Elisabeth A. Murray, Alicia Izquierdo, and Ludise MalkovaII. Human Amygdala Function 5. A Developmental Perspective on Human Amygdala Function, Nim Tottenham, Todd A. Hare, and B. J. Casey6. Human Fear Conditioning and the Amygdala, Arne OEhman7. Methodological Approaches to Studying the Human Amygdala, Kevin S. LaBar and Lauren H. Warren8. The Human Amygdala and Memory, Stephan Hamann9. The Human Amygdala and the Control of Fear, Elizabeth A. Phelps10. The Role of the Human Amygdala in Perception and Attention, Patrik Vuilleumier11. Individual Differences in Human Amygdala Function, Turhan Canli12. Human Amygdala Responses to Facial Expressions of Emotion, Paul J. Whalen, F. Caroline Davis, Jonathan A. Oler, Hackjin Kim, M. Justin Kim, and Maital Neta13. The Human Amygdala in Social Function, Tony W. Buchanan, Daniel Tranel, and Ralph AdolphsIII. Human Amygdala Dysfunction 14. The Human Amygdala in Anxiety Disorders, Lisa M. Shin, Scott L. Rauch, Roger K. Pitman, and Paul J. Whalen15. The Human Amygdala in Schizophrenia, Daphne J. Holt and Mary L. Phillips 16. The Human Amygdala in Autism, Cynthia Mills Schumann and David G. Amaral17. The Human Amygdala in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease, Christopher I. Wright18. The Genetic Basis of Human Amygdala Reactivity, Ahmad R. Hariri and Daniel R. Weinberger

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Paul J. Whalen, PhD, is a former Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD, is Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory, and decision making. Dr. Phelps is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Neuroethics, was President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, and is the current Editor of the journal Emotion.


"This superbly edited volume captures the exciting progress in understanding the human amygdala that has occurred over the past decade, with the aid of new developments in brain imaging technology and genomics. The book represents one of the first successful attempts to integrate ideas and findings from basic neuroscience with evidence on social and emotional functioning. It will interest a wide audience of researchers and trainees." - Trevor W. Robbins, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK "When discussing the role of the amygdala in the brain, some have said that, 'All roads lead to Rome.' This volume sheds new light on the important role that this small almond-shaped region plays in normal processes - such as fear, positive reinforcement, memory, and social interactions - and in mental disorders. The text is consistently informed by the latest findings from imaging, animal, and genetic work. Any student of the brain and behavior will definitely enjoy this authoritative yet accessible book." - Mark S. George, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina, USA "The field's leading authorities provide state-of-the-art coverage of amygdala function and dysfunction. This well-conceived volume is a tour de force that should be considered essential reading for any neuroscientist interested in behavior and any behavioral scientist interested in brain function. Chapters will be of interest to experts but are also accessible enough for use in advanced seminars and graduate courses." - John T. Cacioppo, Director, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago, USA

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