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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