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Unformatted text preview: A. Amygdala receives sensory information via the thalamus related to touch, sound, sight, taste, and smell. If these stimuli have an emotional context, the amygdala signals other brain areas in order to respond. Obviously, to know that the stimulus has an emotional context a memory for said stimulus must already exist. This is an important function of the amygdala, to store data on stimuli that are associated with emotion. The diagram below illustrates flow of information for Sniffy after he has been conditioned that a tone predicts a shock. Tone Thalamus Amygdala Brain Areas controlling Auditory Cortex behavioral, emotional, autonomic responses III. Think about these questions to help you study. 1. What would happen to Pavlovian fear conditioning if the amygdala was destroyed? 2. Why is the amygdala evolutionarily important? 3. What is the amygdalas role in memory formation?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PYSC 400 taught by Professor Levens during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.
- Spring '10