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Limbic System

Limbic System

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will identify, explore and describe the role and functions of the thalamus and hypothalamus. Also, explored is the role of the amygdala and hippocampus within the limbic system. The limbic system as the conduction and switching center will be explained.

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Terms to Know

A small, almond-shaped structure related to emotional responses in people, especially fear.


Crescent-shaped structures on both sides of the brain, related to the formation of memories.


A smaller, circular center in front of thalamus, involved in motivation and emotions in people.

Limbic System

Areas of the forebrain involved in emotions, motivation, and memory formation.


A small, football-shaped structure central to brain; acts as conduction and switching center for sensory information being sent to the cerebral cortex.