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The Amygdala, Hippocampus and Emotional Memory

Within the frontal lobe, the limbic system is one of the major systems and is comprised of both the amygdala and hippocampus, with the former being most involved in memory. It appears as if experiences that evoke marked emotional reactions involve both the hypothalamus and the amygdala -- facilitating the creation of an emotional memory. In terms of damage that occurs to either of these two primary structures, do you think that the consequences are permanent or lasting? In addition, do you think that it is possible to compensate for the influence of damage or disease on perceptions and subsequent emotions?

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Let's first briefly look at the functions of the two areas (major functions):

The hippocampus is well known to be very influential in memory, including spatial memory and navigation. Particular to perception and emotions, memory of events (episodic memory) can have a powerful influence on perception. I can perceive something inherently in a more negative light if I have had a bad experience with it that is easily memorable. For example, if I've had bad experiences being scratched by cats, I would look upon a cat that I randomly ...

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In the following posting, the expert examines the amygdala, hippocampus and emotional memory.