The brain decade in debate: III. Neurobiology of emotion

C. Blanchard, R. Blanchard, Jean-Marc Fellous, F. S. Guimaraes, W. Irwin, J. E. LeDoux, J. L. McGaugh, J. B. Rosen, L. C. Schenberg, E. Volchan, C. Da Cunha

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Abstract

This article is a transcription of an electronic symposium in which active researchers were invited by the Brazilian Society of Neuroscience and Behavior (SBNeC) to discuss the advances of the last decade in the neurobiology of emotion. Four basic questions were debated: 1) What are the most critical issues/questions in the neurobiology of emotion? 2) What do we know for certain about brain processes involved in emotion and what is controversial? 3) What kinds of research are needed to resolve these controversial issues? 4) What is the relationship between learning, memory and emotion? The focus was on the existence of different neural systems for different emotions and the nature of the neural coding for the emotional states. Is emotion the result of the interaction of different brain regions such as the amygdala, the nucleus accumbens, or the periaqueductal gray matter or is it an emergent property of the whole brain neural network? The relationship between unlearned and learned emotions was also discussed. Are the circuits of the former the underpinnings of the latter? It was pointed out that much of what we know about emotions refers to aversively motivated behaviors, like fear and anxiety. Appetitive emotions should attract much interest in the future. The learning and memory relationship with emotions was also discussed in terms of conditioned and unconditioned stimuli, innate and learned fear, contextual cues inducing emotional states, implicit memory and the property of using this term for animal memories. In a general way it could be said that learning modifies the neural circuits through which emotional responses are expressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-293
Number of pages11
JournalBrazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research
Volume34
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes

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neurophysiology
Neurobiology
emotions
Brain
Emotions
brain
Data storage equipment
Networks (circuits)
Transcription
learning
Learning
Animals
fearfulness
Fear
Neural networks
Periaqueductal Gray
amygdala
Nucleus Accumbens
anxiety
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Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Anxiety
  • Emotion
  • Fear
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Nucleus accumbens
  • Periaqueductal gray matter

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Blanchard, C., Blanchard, R., Fellous, J-M., Guimaraes, F. S., Irwin, W., LeDoux, J. E., ... Da Cunha, C. (2001). The brain decade in debate: III. Neurobiology of emotion. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 34(3), 283-293.

The brain decade in debate : III. Neurobiology of emotion. / Blanchard, C.; Blanchard, R.; Fellous, Jean-Marc; Guimaraes, F. S.; Irwin, W.; LeDoux, J. E.; McGaugh, J. L.; Rosen, J. B.; Schenberg, L. C.; Volchan, E.; Da Cunha, C.

In: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Vol. 34, No. 3, 03.2001, p. 283-293.

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Blanchard, C, Blanchard, R, Fellous, J-M, Guimaraes, FS, Irwin, W, LeDoux, JE, McGaugh, JL, Rosen, JB, Schenberg, LC, Volchan, E & Da Cunha, C 2001, 'The brain decade in debate: III. Neurobiology of emotion', Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 283-293.
Blanchard C, Blanchard R, Fellous J-M, Guimaraes FS, Irwin W, LeDoux JE et al. The brain decade in debate: III. Neurobiology of emotion. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 2001 Mar;34(3):283-293.
Blanchard, C. ; Blanchard, R. ; Fellous, Jean-Marc ; Guimaraes, F. S. ; Irwin, W. ; LeDoux, J. E. ; McGaugh, J. L. ; Rosen, J. B. ; Schenberg, L. C. ; Volchan, E. ; Da Cunha, C. / The brain decade in debate : III. Neurobiology of emotion. In: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 2001 ; Vol. 34, No. 3. pp. 283-293.
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