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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Technical Tuesday Amygdala

Technical Tuesday Amygdala

The word amygdala (almond) comes from the Latin corpus amygdaloideum. It is located deep inside the brain (see photo).

The amygdala is a set of neurons, located specifically in the brain’s medial temporal lobe. It is part of the limbic system, which also includes hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. Whew!

Here is the really interesting part. When you think of the amygdala, think “fear”. It is largely responsible for the feeling of fear, particularly of those things out of our control. The amygdala controls the way we react to things that cause an emotional response or anything we perceive as being threatening.

Without an amygdala, there would be no fear. None at all. This was shown in an experiment on rats. When their amygdala was removed the rats feared nothing – even cats.

Conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and even autism are suspected to be linked to abnormal functioning of the amygdala.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #27nn:
“The amygdale plays a key role in the processing of emotions.”

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Quote of the Day:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

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