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  • Lying may be your brain’s fault, honestly

    CNN - 10/25/2016

    This new research, while interesting, doesn’t leave neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett entirely convinced.

    Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and author of the forthcoming book, “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain,” says focusing on the amygdala as the brain’s source of emotion may be misguided.

    Hand-selected, meta-analyses of brain mapping data, as opposed to results spit out by Neurosynth, she says, have shown that the amygdala is not necessarily critical for emotion.

    People feel emotion without changes in amygdala action, she says. In fact, even people who don’t have an amygdala feel emotion. Yes, that region of the brain is often engaged during emotions — but it also becomes engaged when something appears that is novel or simply interesting. It’s associated with perception, memory and social interactions.

    Barrett said she also wonders if the research results would hold outside a laboratory’s doors.


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