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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (8) : 1185-1197     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01185
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Automatic processing of emotions: Evidence and controversy
WANG Lili1; JIA Lina2; LUO Yuejia3
(1 School of Educational Science, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300, China) (2 Departmentof Education, School of Humanities, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China) (3 Institute of Affective and Social Neuroscience, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China)
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Abstract  

Emotional information is important for human survival, and researchers have investigated whether emotion processing is automatic. A large body of evidence has demonstrated that emotional information can be detected rapidly, even without attention and consciousness. Firstly, the characteristics of automatic processing of emotions were discussed. Secondly, it was summarized that the subcortical pathway to amygdala through superior colliculus and the pulvinar nucleus of thalamus is important for automatic processing of emotions. Thirdly, the current controversial viewpoints regarding the experimental paradigms, techniques and the fast-subcortical pathway were discussed. In future studies, more precise experimental paradigms and techniques are needed to explore the nature of emotion and the neural underpinnings of emotion.

Keywords emotion      automatic processing      amygdala      subcortical pathway     
Corresponding Authors: LUO Yuejia, E-mail: luoyj@szu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 August 2016
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WANG Lili,JIA Lina,LUO Yuejia. Automatic processing of emotions: Evidence and controversy[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(8): 1185-1197.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01185     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2016/V24/I8/1185
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