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Preferential responses in amygdala and insula during presentation of facial contempt and disgust.
Eur J Neurosci. 2006 Oct; 24(8):2355-62.EJ

Abstract

Some authors consider contempt to be a basic emotion while others consider it a variant of disgust. The neural correlates of contempt have not so far been specifically contrasted with disgust. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated the neural networks involved in the processing of facial contempt and disgust in 24 healthy subjects. Facial recognition of contempt was lower than that of disgust and of neutral faces. The imaging data indicated significant activity in the amygdala and in globus pallidus and putamen during processing of contemptuous faces. Bilateral insula and caudate nuclei and left as well as right inferior frontal gyrus were engaged during processing of disgusted faces. Moreover, direct comparisons of contempt vs. disgust yielded significantly different activations in the amygdala. On the other hand, disgusted faces elicited greater activation than contemptuous faces in the right insula and caudate. Our findings suggest preferential involvement of different neural substrates in the processing of facial emotional expressions of contempt and disgust.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare, 9, 70124 Bari, Italy.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17042790

Citation

Sambataro, Fabio, et al. "Preferential Responses in Amygdala and Insula During Presentation of Facial Contempt and Disgust." The European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 24, no. 8, 2006, pp. 2355-62.
Sambataro F, Dimalta S, Di Giorgio A, et al. Preferential responses in amygdala and insula during presentation of facial contempt and disgust. Eur J Neurosci. 2006;24(8):2355-62.
Sambataro, F., Dimalta, S., Di Giorgio, A., Taurisano, P., Blasi, G., Scarabino, T., Giannatempo, G., Nardini, M., & Bertolino, A. (2006). Preferential responses in amygdala and insula during presentation of facial contempt and disgust. The European Journal of Neuroscience, 24(8), 2355-62.
Sambataro F, et al. Preferential Responses in Amygdala and Insula During Presentation of Facial Contempt and Disgust. Eur J Neurosci. 2006;24(8):2355-62. PubMed PMID: 17042790.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Preferential responses in amygdala and insula during presentation of facial contempt and disgust. AU - Sambataro,Fabio, AU - Dimalta,Savino, AU - Di Giorgio,Annabella, AU - Taurisano,Paolo, AU - Blasi,Giuseppe, AU - Scarabino,Tommaso, AU - Giannatempo,Giuseppe, AU - Nardini,Marcello, AU - Bertolino,Alessandro, Y1 - 2006/10/17/ PY - 2006/10/18/pubmed PY - 2006/12/22/medline PY - 2006/10/18/entrez SP - 2355 EP - 62 JF - The European journal of neuroscience JO - Eur J Neurosci VL - 24 IS - 8 N2 - Some authors consider contempt to be a basic emotion while others consider it a variant of disgust. The neural correlates of contempt have not so far been specifically contrasted with disgust. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated the neural networks involved in the processing of facial contempt and disgust in 24 healthy subjects. Facial recognition of contempt was lower than that of disgust and of neutral faces. The imaging data indicated significant activity in the amygdala and in globus pallidus and putamen during processing of contemptuous faces. Bilateral insula and caudate nuclei and left as well as right inferior frontal gyrus were engaged during processing of disgusted faces. Moreover, direct comparisons of contempt vs. disgust yielded significantly different activations in the amygdala. On the other hand, disgusted faces elicited greater activation than contemptuous faces in the right insula and caudate. Our findings suggest preferential involvement of different neural substrates in the processing of facial emotional expressions of contempt and disgust. SN - 0953-816X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17042790/Preferential_responses_in_amygdala_and_insula_during_presentation_of_facial_contempt_and_disgust_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -