Amygdala

Definition: a roughly almond shaped mass of grey matter inside each cerebral hemisphere involved with the experiencing of emotions.

Functions: part of the brain responsible for detecting fear and preparing for emergency events.

It is a part of the limbic system of the brain, which is involved with other emotions and stimuli. The Amygdala is a processing system center that is hooked up to receive incoming messages from our senses and our internal organs. It is highly involved with different emotional responses. Amygdalae are essential to feeling certain emotions and…to perceiving them in other people. Located close to the hippocampus in the frontal portion of the temporal lobe.