|Term: Limbic system|
|Definition (Myers): a doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebral hemispheres; associated with emotions such as fear and agression and drives such as those for food and sex|
|Definition (alternative): |
The limbic system is a set of brain structures including the hippocampus, amygdala anterior thalamic nuclei, and limbic cortex, which support a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, long term memory, and olfaction.
|Contextual explanation: The limbic system encompasses structures that are critical for forming memories and experiencing pleasure, as well as for various motivational and emotional activities. In evolutionary terms, the limbic system is more recent than the central core and is fully developed only in mammals. The limbic system includes the hippocampus and amygdala, as well as other structures. It appears to play a central role in times of stress. The limbic system.|
|Related terms and concepts: Hippocampus, Amygdala, Hypothalamus|
AGGRESSION AND FEAR. DRIVE FOR SEX & FOOD
|Edited by: Kelsey|