Brain and Behavior

Emotions in Mammals

Has the limbic system changed much across evolution?

The limbic system, the seat of emotions, has not changed as much as the frontal lobe across evolution. Our cortex is quite different from that of our mammalian cousins; our limbic system is not. This is why we can make emotional attachments to animals of different species. Even though our intellectual brains are vastly different, our emotional brains are relatively similar.


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