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
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.
June 12, 2013 - Science Daily
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.
June 12, 2013 - Newswise
Joseph LeDoux in Wired News 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.
Antonio Damasio in Science Daily (press release) 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...