where emotions come from

where emotions come from - 3 The amygdala is referred to as...

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Kayla Jones 905247523 CRN: 14830 March 18, 2008 Where Emotions Come From 1. Prosopagnosia is a condition where the brain still retains some ability to discern emotions, but not recognize most which causes social difficulties. This condition was discussed in the article because neuroscientist Etcoff studied a 40-year-old man who had this condition after a brain injury. He could recognize two different cars from another by their brand, but was not able to identify his wife from a group of other strangers. He asked his wife to put a ribbon in her hair at parties so he could recognize her out of the crowd. 2. The left hemisphere processes positive emotions such as happiness and amusement, while sadness decreases the activity in the left hemisphere. The right hemisphere has a dictionary of emotion-laden images, and also processes emotions like fear and disgust.
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Unformatted text preview: 3. The amygdala is referred to as the “Emotion Central.” It is a tiny almond-shaped structure buried deep in the temporal lobe that selectively fires nerve cells in response to emotionally laden stimuli, which makes an assessment of emotional events. According to Leboux, the amygladala may make the first crude judgment of an event’s emotional significance. 4. Social rules for displaying emotion vary culturally. For example in Japan they are taught to hold back negative emotions in public. In America it is rude to burp at the dinner table where in some cultures it is a sign to the cook that it was a delicious meal. Giving the thumbs up to someone in the United States is a positive gesture, whereas in some Middle Eastern countries it is the equivalent of giving someone the middle finger....
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