Brain and Behavior

Emotion and the Limbic System

How does the hippocampus affect emotional processing?

The hippocampus is involved with memory, which is critical to our evaluation of any new stimulus. Have I encountered this person/situation/object before? Is this friend or foe? Although the hippocampus is not directly involved in emotion, it is located near the other limbic structures and has neuronal connections with several of them, including the amygdala, the hypothalamus, and the cingulate gyrus.


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