Emotion Review 13 (3):225-244 (2021)

Luis Carretié
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Initial evaluation structures currently proposed as the earliest detectors of affective stimuli are high-order structures whose response latency cannot account for the first visual cortex emotion-related response, and lack the necessary infrastructure to locally analyze the visual features that define emotional stimuli. Several thalamic structures accomplish both criteria. The lateral geniculate nucleus, a first-order thalamic nucleus that actively processes visual information, with the complement of the thalamic reticular nucleus are proposed as core IESs. This LGN–TRN tandem could be supported by the pulvinar, a second-order thalamic structure, and by other extrathalamic nuclei. The visual thalamus, scarcely explored in affective neurosciences, seems crucial in early emotional evaluation.
Keywords Emotion  Brain
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DOI 10.1177/17540739211022821
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