from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An amygdule.

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  • n. An almond-shaped inclusion in igneous rock or lava
  • n. Common misspelling of amygdala.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin amygdala, almond; see amygdala.


  • It is linked to the deepest recesses of the mind -- particularly the amygdale, which is involved in emotional learning, perceiving novel or threatening stimuli, and fear conditioning.

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  • That is the question being asked by several American scientists who, for science, decided that jumping off a 45-meter high platform would be a good method of discovery Their study focuses around how the brain deals with emergencies, and whether time really does slow down the part of the brain called the amygdale becomes more active, and lays down extra sets of memories that go along with the actual events.

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  • Scientists call these amygdale, and this mini-brain apparently takes over whenever you are angry, afraid, aroused, hungry, or in search of revenge.

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  • Although the main structure in the brain dealing with emotions is the amygdale, the center for suppression of anxiety is located in the right frontal lobe.

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  • Stress also releases catecholamines such as noradrenaline, which can enlarge the amygdale (structures involved in the processing of fear), also impairing memory and the ability to distinguish a true memory from a false or implanted one.

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  • Some people's amygdale (ph), as you saw in the piece, have more -- are ready for anxiety more than others.

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  • The scans showed that in the female orgasm, activity is reduced across all the brain regions - conscious and subconscious - that handle emotion, including the amygdale, medial prefrontal cortex and orbitofrontal cortex.

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  • If the hippocampus helps record facts, a more basic brain structure, the amygdale, records fear.

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  • Autopsies have found that there are generally a large number of dopamine receptors (Owen et al., 1987) and there was an increase in the amount of dopamine in the left amygdale and increased dopamine in the caudate nucleus and putamen (middle of the brain).

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  • The amygdale is an area of the brain whose primary purpose is to protect us.

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