from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of interconnected deep brain structures, common to all mammals, and involved in olfaction, emotion, motivation, behavior, and various autonomic functions.
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- n. Part of the human brain involved in emotion, motivation, and emotional association with memory; includes amygdala, cingulate gyrus, fornicate gyrus, hippocampus, hypothalamus, mammillary body, nucleus accumbens, orbitofrontal cortex and parahippocampal gyrus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A group of neural structures in the brain below the cerebral cortex, centered on the hypothalamus and including the hippocampus and amygdala, involved with control of emotion, motivation, memory, and some homeostatic regulatory processes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a system of functionally related neural structures in the brain that are involved in emotional behavior
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Childlike because the axons that join the cortex with the limbic system complete their myelin sheathing, and hence their information-carrying ability, only during the late teenage years.
Within the limbic system is a kind of thermostat called the hypothalamus.
The structures of the limbic system are the cingulate gyrus, the isthmus, the hippocampal gyrus, the uncas, and the hippocampus.