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Damaged Limbic System

Explain the behavioral or functional changes that may occur as a result of damage to the limbic system. Then determine the rationale for the predicted changes or deficit.

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1. I need help with the answer and to understand the problem. Explain the behavioral or functional changes that may occur as a result of damage to the limbic system. Then determine the rationale for the predicted changes or deficit (about 350 words).

The limbic system is made up of number brain structures, with each controlling various functions in the body, such as interpreting emotional responses, storing memories, regulating hormones, as well as involved with sensory perception, motor function, and olfaction. In other words, structures of the limbic system control emotions, emotional responses, hormonal secretions, mood, motivation and pain and pleasure sensations (http://biology.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.healing-arts.org/n-r-limbic.htm). The limbic system is located at the end of brain stem, and is sometimes referred to as the primitive brain that controls survival functions. And because the functions of the limbic system are related to the specific structures that make up the system i.e., hippocampus, thalamus, etc., damage to any of these specific areas will result in deficits or changes to the specific functions that each area if responsible for. This is research (animal and clinical) validated.

For understanding, let's now look at the different limbic systems structures (note the functions of each structure, and if there were damage to the area, these ...

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Effects of a damaged limbic system are presented. References are also provided to further validate the findings.

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