What is the Amygdala?

The amygdala, part of the brain’s limbic system, is the integration site of emotional learning.  It sits in front of and connected to your hippocampus (the seat of episodic and autobiographical memory).  Although you often hear it associated with fear, the amygdala is also involved in pleasurable emotions.  If you’re experiencing intense emotions you can bet that your amygdala is active.  Without it you would have what’s called a flat affect.  You would not make the connections between dangerous signs or social situations and the anxiety that motivates you to act.

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  1. The amygdala and the relevance detection theory of autism: an evolutionary perspective

  2. Attention and awareness each influence amygdala activity for dynamic bodily expressions—a short review

  3. Amygdala Hijacking: Pt 1 of 3

  4. Amygdala Hijacking, Pt 2 of 3:The Island News Network Effect

  5. Amygdala Hijacking, Pt 3 of 3: Developing Mental Function Through Play

  6. The amygdala: securing pleasure and avoiding pain
  7. Emotion processing and the amygdala: from a ‘low road’ to ‘many roads’ of evaluating biological significance