amygdala amygdala  /ˌæ mɪɡ ˈdɑ lə/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and emotional behavior

Usage(s):

  1. If they do, the cortex signals the amygdala, and the body stays on alert.
  2. This afforded him a good look at the amygdala, the deepest and most primitive of the brain structures involved.
  3. But while the amygdala is busy telling the body what to do, it also fires up a nearby curved cluster of neurons called the hippocampus.

News

  1. Brain's 'dark side' as key to cocaine addiction

    Scientists have found evidence that an emotion-related brain region called the central amygdala —- whose activity promotes feelings of malaise and unhappiness —- plays a major role in sustaining cocaine addiction.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Team Points to Brain's 'Dark Side' as Key to Cocaine Addiction

    Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found evidence that an emotion-related brain region called the central amygdala--whose activity promotes feelings of malaise and unhappiness--plays a major role in sustaining cocaine addiction.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Newswise

  3. Scripps Research Institute team points to brain's 'dark side' as key to cocaine addiction

    ( Scripps Research Institute ) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found evidence that an emotion-related brain region called the central amygdala -- whose activity promotes feelings of malaise and unhappiness -- plays a major role in sustaining cocaine addiction.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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Quotes

  1. "Because the regions of the brain that are involved in voluntary control have little connectivity with areas like the amygdala involved in certain involuntary primitive emotions, those emotions are very hard to control," LeDoux wrote in an email.
    on Jun 17, 2009 By: Joseph LeDoux Source: Wired News

  2. "That the amygdala is critical for recognizing fear expressions has been evident from prior studies," said Antonio Damasio, MD, Ph.D., the Maurice Van Allen Professor and head of neurology at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of...
    on Jan 7, 2005 By: Antonio Damasio Source: Science Daily (press release)

  3. "The amygdala has a role to play in some of the symptoms of autism," says Davidson.
    on Dec 12, 2006 By: Richard Davidson Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications

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