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The Neuropsychology of Anxiety: An enquiry into the function of the septo-hippocampal system

Jeffrey A. Gray and Neil McNaughton


This book provides an updated theory of the nature of anxiety and the brain systems controlling anxiety, combined with a theory of hippocampal function, which was first proposed thirty years ago. While remaining controversial, the core of this theory, of a ‘Behavioural Inhibition System’, has stood the test of time, with its main predictions repeatedly confirmed. Novel anti-anxiety drugs share none of the side effects or primary pharmacological actions of the classical anti-anxiety drugs on the actions of which the theory was based; but they have both the behavioural and hippocampal actions pr ... More

Keywords: amnesia, amygdala, behavioural inhibition, conflict, hippocampus, neuropsychology, neuroticism, prefrontal cortex, theta rhythm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198522713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Gray, author
Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK

Neil McNaughton, author
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand