May 24 2012

McGill University: "When Fear takes the controls"

When we are afraid, we immediately pay attention to that feeling.

We don’t eat. We don’t sleep. And this seems to be true for all animals not just humans. Now we know that the amygdala, when activated by a significant emotional stimulus, triggers all sorts of bodily responses, including the release of adrenalin by the adrenal glands.

It is this adrenalin that, by a pathway that has yet to be identified, helps memories to be encoded more effectively in the hippocampus and the temporal lobe. That is why we are better at remembering things that are important to us, or in other words, things that trigger our emotions.

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