From circuits to behaviour in the amygdala

Patricia H. Janak, Kay M. Tye

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The amygdala has long been associated with emotion and motivation, playing an essential part in processing both fearful and rewarding environmental stimuli. How can a single structure be crucial for such different functions? With recent technological advances that allow for causal investigations of specific neural circuit elements, we can now begin to map the complex anatomical connections of the amygdala onto behavioural function. Understanding how the amygdala contributes to a wide array of behaviours requires the study of distinct amygdala circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-292
Number of pages9
Issue number7534
StatePublished - Jan 15 2015

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