The retrosplenial cortex and emotion: New insights from functional neuroimaging of the human brain

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Abstract

Little is known about the function of the retrosplenial cortex and until recently, there was no evidence that it had any involvement in emotional processes. Surprisingly, recent functional neuroimaging studies show that the retrosplenial cortex is consistently activated by emotionally salient words. A review of the functional neuroimaging literature reveals a previously overlooked pattern of observations: the retrosplenial cortex is the cortical region most consistently activated by emotionally salient stimuli. Evidence that this region is also involved in episodic memory suggests that it might have a role in the interaction between emotion and episodic memory. Recognition that the retrosplenial cortex has a prominent role in the processing of emotionally salient stimuli invites further studies to define its specific functions and its interactions with other emotion-related brain regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-316
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1999

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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