Some Fundamental Approaches to an Analysis of Limbic System Function

  • Leonard W. Hamilton


In the preceding chapters it became apparent that the anatomical connections of the limbic system are so complex in their interactions that it is virtually impossible to view them as an integrated system. The original definition of the limbic system, as outlined by Broca in 1878, considered the limbic lobe to consist primarily of the septum, the cingulate cortex, and the hippocampal complex (refer to Fig. 1-1). Because of their seemingly close relationship with primary olfactory structures, the prevailing view at that time was that the limbic lobe was involved with higher-order olfactory processing. However, as anatomical methods became more precise, it was found that the olfactory bulbs did not contribute heavily to these structures (cf. Pribram & Kruger, 1954). These data, along with the classic paper by Papez (1937) suggesting a visceromotor function for these structures, led to a disuse of the term “rhinencephalon.”


Limbic System Behavioral Inhibition Septal Lesion Fundamental Approach Ablation Method 
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  • Leonard W. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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