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JUNIPER: Want to know, try LeDoux

Posted by Zeke on December 18, 1999, at 13:06:40

In reply to Re: New Study -- Hoarseness effect, hmmm???, posted by juniper on December 17, 1999, at 22:56:44

> while i wish i had information
> i'd love to know the physiological mechanisms that contribute to such things.

Emotion, Memory and the Brain
I wonder how much we know of the real events causing our individual anxiety reactions. I think having some explanation is more important than having the correct explanation (I'm speaking of persons here, not neuroscience). But even correctly knowing the outside cause isn't enough: As LeDoux says, we will jump at the sight of a springing snake, even though it is enclosed behind glass. Fear (emotion) pathways act before the cortex can, and emotional responses are less easily stopped than started. And moreso when prefrontal areas are dysfunctional. Isn't this the area that psych meds act???

Please see the LeDoux URLs below...

LeDoux outlines his theory of emotions and memory

Fear Itself: What we now know about how it works, how it can be treated, and what it tells us about our consciousness.

The LeDoux Lab, Center for Neural Science, New York University

Emotion, Memory and the Brain




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