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<i>A Brain System for Emotional Memory</i>

Howard Eichenbaum

in The Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195141740
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141740.003.0011
 A Brain System for Emotional Memory

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This chapter reviews current understanding of the brain pathways that mediate emotional experience and expression. It then considers the notion that some aspects of emotional memories involve a dedicated circuit of the brain that operates in parallel with other memory systems. In particular, it has been proposed that there is a specific memory system that mediates the learning and expression of emotional responses to stimuli of learned significance even in the absence of conscious memory for the events of the learning experience. The chapter first considers the evidence for a specific system for the acquisition of learned fear, and then extends the review to consider whether the same brain system supports the acquisition and expression of a broad range of emotional associations.

Keywords: emotional experience; emotional expression; emotional memories; memory system; learning

Chapter.  7565 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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