Medical glossary


The amygdala is part of the limbic system and responsible for the brain functions related to the evaluation of situations in comparison with previous experience and the resulting reactions. When confronted with potentially hazardous situations, the amygdala responds by triggering reactions such as anxiety or aggression. It is worth mentioning that information transmitted from the amygdala to the telencephalon travels much faster than that transmitted in the opposite direction. This enables the brain to trigger an immediate response to threats even before rational thought is processed.