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Unraveling the Midbrain Periaqueductal Gray

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The PAG is a critical relay of the limbic brain and maintains strong connections to autonomic control circuits located in the brainstem and spinal cord. The PAG controls and relays limbic commands to body systems for mediating survival challenge (flight/fright) and/or emotional expression (vocalization, crying, singing). Yet the PAG, the ’survival generator’ in the brain is poorly understood. This theme will bring together original papers from physiologists, biologists and imaging experts on the state-of-art of the field.


Keywords: PAG, emotional brain, autonomic brain, survival challenge, emotional expression, complex behaviour


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The PAG is a critical relay of the limbic brain and maintains strong connections to autonomic control circuits located in the brainstem and spinal cord. The PAG controls and relays limbic commands to body systems for mediating survival challenge (flight/fright) and/or emotional expression (vocalization, crying, singing). Yet the PAG, the ’survival generator’ in the brain is poorly understood. This theme will bring together original papers from physiologists, biologists and imaging experts on the state-of-art of the field.


Keywords: PAG, emotional brain, autonomic brain, survival challenge, emotional expression, complex behaviour


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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