Beyond Fear Emotional Memory Mechanisms in the Human Brain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Neurobiological accounts of emotional memory have been derived largely from animal models investigating the encoding and retention of memories for events that signal threat. This literature has implicated the amygdala, a structure in the brain's temporal lobe, in the learning and consolidation of fear memories. Its role in fear conditioning has been confirmed, but the human amygdala also interacts with cortical regions to mediate other aspects of emotional memory. These include the encoding and consolidation of pleasant and unpleasant arousing events into long-term memory, the narrowing of focus on central emotional information, the retrieval of prior emotional events and contexts, and the subjective experience of recollection and emotional intensity during retrieval. Along with other mechanisms that do not involve the amygdala, these functions ensure that significant life events leave a lasting impression in memory.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Labar, KS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 177

PubMed ID

  • 18604284

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2443097

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0963-7214

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2007.00498.x


  • eng