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Nature. 2015 Jan 15;517(7534):284-92. doi: 10.1038/nature14188.

From circuits to behaviour in the amygdala.

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1] Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA. [2] Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.
2
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.

Abstract

The amygdala has long been associated with emotion and motivation, playing an essential part in processing both fearful and rewarding environmental stimuli. How can a single structure be crucial for such different functions? With recent technological advances that allow for causal investigations of specific neural circuit elements, we can now begin to map the complex anatomical connections of the amygdala onto behavioural function. Understanding how the amygdala contributes to a wide array of behaviours requires the study of distinct amygdala circuits.

PMID:
25592533
PMCID:
PMC4565157
DOI:
10.1038/nature14188
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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