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Who Needs Emotions?The brain meets the robot$
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Jean-Marc Fellous and Michael A. Arbib

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.001.0001

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Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing

Toward Basic Principles for Emotional Processing

What the Fearful Brain Tells the Robot

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Who Needs Emotions?



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This chapter examines the basic principles governing emotional processing. It re-evaluates the concept of the limbic system and identifies the amygdala as a crucial component of the system involved in the acquisition, storage, and expression of fear memory. Amygdala acts as a species-specific danger detector that can be quickly activated by threatening stimuli, and that can be modulated by higher cognitive systems. The amygdala influences the cognitive system by way of projections to arousal centres that control the way actions and perceptions are performed.

Keywords:   emotional processing, amygdala, limbic system, cognitive system, arousal centres

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