12th CiNet Monthly Seminar : Ralph Adolphs, “The Neuroscience of Emotion”

CiNet Monthly Seminar

October 13, 2017
16:00 ~ 17:00
CiNet 1F Conference Room

“The Neuroscience of Emotion”

Ralph Adolphs
California Institute of Technology

Host : Masahiko Haruno (PI)

Emotions are central states that coordinate behavior at a particular level of complexity and flexibility. I will review a framework for investigating emotion, and work in humans from our own laboratory. The work will focus on a structure that has received particular attention: the amygdala. From studies of patients with amygdala lesions, we know that the amygdala is necessary for specific forms of fear. Single-unit recordings and fMRI studies of the amygdala corroborate this picture, but also demonstrate that the amygdala plays a more flexible and context-dependent role in processing emotions. This role highlights the important connection between emotional signals and social communication, a connection that may be abnormal in certain disorders such as autism.

About CiNet’s Monthly Seminar:
In CiNet Monthly Seminar, distinguished external (national and international) speakers will give a lecture about their latest work. The lecture will be held once a month from 16:00 at the CiNet main lecture theatre, followed by an informal discussion in the coffee room. List of speakers will be announced in advance. Everyone is welcome to attend, and welcome to join the after seminar discussion.

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