Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Its Possible Contribution to the Understanding of the Functional Significance of the Amygdala and of Its Interaction with Neocortical-Temporal Mechanisms

  • P. Gloor
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 2)


In the human brain, the amygdala forms a prominent subcortical mass of grey matter located within the depths of the temporal lobe. Its function usually has been discussed in terms of its connections to the hypothalamus and to the various autonomic, endocrine and motivational mechanisms represented there (Gloor, 1960). Little consideration has been given, up to now, to the nature and significance of the afferent input to the amygdala which in higher mammals and man seems to be derived largely from the temporal neocortex (Segundo et al., 1955; Whitlock and Nauta, 1956; Niemer and Goodfellow, 1966; Jones and Powell, 1970). The view I would like to put forward, in this essay, is that the amygdala and the temporal neocortex of higher mammals and man can be regarded as a functional system subserving complex motivated behavior patterns dependent upon highly differentiated perceptual and cognitive functions. It is hoped that this holistic view of temporal lobe function may further our understanding of the relationship between neocortical and limbic physiology.


Electrical Stimulation Temporal Lobe Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Montreal Neurological Institute Motivational Mechanism 
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  • P. Gloor
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  1. 1.The Montreal Neurological Institute and the Department of Neurology and NeurosurgeryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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