The amygdala was originally described by Burdach in the late nineteenth century as an almond-shaped structure situated deep in the anterior temporal lobe of the central nervous system. The amygdala was subsequently shown to be important for the appropriate processing of emotional information in nonhuman primates by Kluver and Bucy in the 1930s. This permitted McLean to include the amygdala in the group of brain structures that make up the limbic system thought to be involved in processing of emotional information. Since then progress has continued toward understanding the role that the amygdala plays in processing and encoding emotional information in the mammalian central nervous system.
The amygdala is an almond-shaped structure located in the medial temporal lobe of mammals. However, the first description of this almond-shaped structure only referred to a portion of the amygdala called the basal...
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