Thoughtful feelings

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In this My Word, Joseph LeDoux describes how his four-decade career exploring how non-conscious processes involving the amygdala detect and respond to danger has contributed to the ‘amygdala fear center’ meme, a view he does not endorse. The conscious experience of fear, he tells us here, is not wired into the amygdala, but is instead a cognitively assembled understanding that you are in harm's way based on non-conscious memories, schemas, and mental models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R619-R623
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 8 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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