Journal article

Influence of the fusiform gyrus on amygdala response to emotional faces in the non-clinical range of social anxiety

J Pujol, BJ Harrison, H Ortiz, J Deus, C Soriano-Mas, M Lopez-Sola, M Yuecel, X Perich, N Cardoner

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Social anxiety often involves a combination of hypervigilance and avoidance to potentially warning signals including the facial expression of emotions. Functional imaging has demonstrated an increase in amygdala response to emotional faces in subjects with social anxiety. Nevertheless, it is unclear to what extent visual areas processing faces influence amygdala reactivity in different socially anxious individuals. We assessed the influence of the fusiform gyrus activation on amygdala response to emotional faces in the non-clinical range of social anxiety. METHOD: Twenty-two normal subjects showing a wide range in social anxiety scores were examined using functional magnetic reso..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported in part by the Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria (FIS, Grant no. PI050884). Dr Harrison is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Training Award (I.D. 400420). Dr Yucel is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Program Grant (I.D. 350241). Dr Pujol thanks the contribution of the Networking Research Center on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CTBER-BBN), Barcelona, Spain. Dr Ortiz is supported by the FPU grant AP2006-2869 from the Ministry of Education of Spain, and Dr Lopez-Sola by the FPU grant AP2005-0408 from the Ministry of Education of Spain.