by David G. Amaral (Editor),
Ralph Adolphs (Editor)
“Living without an Amygdala” is a complete book written on amygdale. Amygdala is a part of the brain and roughly almond-shaped mass of grey matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions. Two great students David G. Amaral and Ralph Adolphs organize this book. David G. Amaral, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Research Director of the UC Davis MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D., is Bren Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology. He leads a social neuroscience laboratory that investigates the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of social behavior, with a particular focus on the role of the human amygdala and prefrontal cortex.
The purpose of this book is to reviews, outlines, and organizes knowledge about the amygdala. This book covers what is known about the amygdala, with a unique focus on what happens when this key brain region is damaged or missing. It offers a truly comparative approach, the volume presents research on rats, monkeys, and humans. It reports on compelling cases of people living without an amygdala, whether due to genetic conditions, disease, or other causes. In short, this is a must-read for anyone interested in emotion and its psychological and biological consequences.