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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Circuits of Emotion in the Primate Brain

Circuits of Emotion in the Primate Brain

(p.292) Chapter 16 Circuits of Emotion in the Primate Brain
Primate Neuroethology

Katalin M. Gothard

Kari L. Hoffman

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive processes including emotion, reward, memory, social behavior, numerosity, and executive control. The first section identifies the main structures that comprise the emotional circuits of the primate brain. The second section describes what is known about the neural basis of emotional processes, from the association of stimuli to positive or negative outcomes, to the interplay between the perception and expression of social signals. Reflecting the biases in the literature, the descriptions will emphasize the macaque genus and the function of the amygdala, the most highly connected component of the emotional brain.

Keywords:   neural mechanisms, cognitive processes, primate brain, emotional processes, amygdala

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