Emotions: Limbic System

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Emotions: Limbic System

– the limbic system plays an important role in regulating emotions
– the limbic system comprises:
– the amygdala [produces feelings of anger & feelings of fear/anxiety]
– the hippocampus [plays a role in memory formation, in particular converting short-term memory into long-term memory]
– hypothalamus [hypo means below so it is below the thalamus; about the size of a kidney bean; it regulates the ANS (Autonomic Nervous System by controlling the endocrine system & the release of hormones – epinephrine (commonly known as adrenaline); norepinephrine;
– thalamus
[note the Link with the fight/flight/freeze response

Source: Khan Academy @ https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/executive-systems-of-the-brain/emotion-2014-03-27T18:40:38.294Z/v/emotions-limbic-system

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