Med.Sci 532 Structure-Function

amygdala (uh mig' dull uh)

  • It is a set of subcortical nuclei that is important for perceiving in others and having in oneself emotional or affective behaviors and feelings (e.g. fear, anger). It is, therefore, a component of the limbic system.

  • The amygdala is both large and just beneath the surface of the front, medial part of the temporal lobe where it causes the bulge on the surface called the uncus.

  • It got its name from its shape - like an 'almond'.

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