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Unformatted text preview: emotional responses occur instantly before any cognitive processing occurs. In other words, we feel some emotions before we think. Research indicates that when people repeatedly view stimuli flashed too briefly for them to perceive and recall, they nevertheless come to prefer these stimuli. Moreover, some neural pathways involved in emotion bypass the cortical areas involved in thinking. One such pathway runs from the eye via the thalamus to one of the brain's emotional control centers, the amygdala. This enables a quick, automatic response, which may then be modified after the cortex has further interpreted a threat. While some emotional responses-especially simple likes, dislikes, and fears-involve no conscious thinking, complex emotions-including moods such as depression-are greatly affected by our interpretations, memories, and expectations....
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- Fall '08