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A neural substrate is a term used in neuroscience to indicate a part of the nervous or brain system that underlies a specific behavior or psychological state. Neural is an adjective relating to "a nerve or the nervous system", while a substrate is an "underlying substance or layer".
Some examples are the neural substrates of language acquisition, memory, prediction and reward, facial recognition, envisioning the future, intentional empathy, religious experience, spontaneous musical performance, and anxiety.
- Neural Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- Substrate Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Neural substrates of language acquisition"
- "Neural substrates of memory: from synapse to system"
- "A neural substrate of prediction and reward"
- "Neural substrates of facial recognition"
- "Neural substrates of envisioning the future"
- "The neural substrate of human empathy: effects of perspective-taking and cognitive appraisal"
- "The neural substrates of religious experience"
- "Neural substrates of spontaneous musical performance"
- (2008) The Medical Basis of Psychiatry, 134–, Springer. URL accessed 28 December 2012.
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