Lecture 7 Notes from Jenny's Friend
Dark Blue-Limbic system—very important when it comes to emotions
How close the hippocampus and the amygdala are to one another
Flashbulb memories—have to do partially with a particular emotion.
Eye witness that are experiencing extreme stress have trouble recalling the memory
B-olfactory tract—going out into the area where you receive information about smells from your
Smell is important when it comes to attachment relationships (especially for newborns)
E-Thalamus—sensory integration-take independent pieces of sensory information to integrate it.
Sends the info to the limbic systems and the higher parts of the brain (for more analytical and
Allowing the amygdala and limbic system to respond quickly
appraising sensory information
Looking for threats
Looking to see if there’s a threat. Tells the limbic system that suggests there is a problem.
Necessitates the LS to respond with a behavioral sequence to deal with the issue
Sort of like the ER doctor. Makes a quick diagnosis. Is there a problem? If so, it alerts the LS (sort
of like a team of nurses).
o Unconsciously appraises situations
o Attack or avoidance response
o Will tell the LS the best approach of action
If the amygdala detects something that is a threat, it is the LS that will lead to the whole
experience of fear
Even if you don’t have an amygdala, you will still be able to appraise situations (slower though)
Thalamus is also informing the higher order systems
Ability to initiate, inhibit them, and the ability to modulate (change from one state to another)
Things that are coming about due to the way that we feel
Make us put a happy face because it’s demanded of us in a certain situation Specific physiological responses to a situation-PC helps you calm down and regulate your
neocortex- system complex enough to allow you to enjoy your misery
o acts on a conscious level
o acts slowly
only interested in the basic needs of the organism—interested in keeping you alive
(physical threats to your body)
o good at detecting threats (core of one’s concern for self-preservation)
Specialized that are detecting threats that are social as well as social rewards
(1) -Is it likely that there is a threat or reward in my environment?
react to a face that is depicting fear
better able to detect rewards when they are social
(a) disgust—you don’t need a social context.
(b)Arrogance, flirtatiousness- You are not flirting with someone that is not there
The amygdala is necessary for labeling basic emotions, but for some reason it is specialized for
labeling socially complex emotions
no foundation to understand basics?
Both positions assume that the amygdala is trying to determine if something is good or bad
Intensity judgment-how good or how bad is a particular stimulus
If the amygdala is able to judge intensity, then that shows breaking down the world into finer