Brain Byte

Patient S.M.

  • Published9 Dec 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Because of damage to her amygdala, Patient S.M. lives a life without fear. This may sound appealing, but fear helps us avoid danger.

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Image: Courtesy of Iowa Neurological Patient Registry at the University of Iowa.

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Adolphs, R., Tranel, D., Damasio, H. et al. (1994). Impaired recognition of emotion in facial expressions following bilateral damage to the human amygdala. Nature, 372, 669–672. https://doi.org/10.1038/372669a0

Yong, E. (2019, May 17). Meet the woman without fear. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/meet-the-woman-without-fear

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