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amygdala - What is the Amygdala?


Updated November 29, 2010

Definition: The amygdala is a part of the human brain consisting of two almond-shaped formations located near the center. One structure is located in the left and right hemispheres. The amygdala may be involved in regulating emotions and aggression. Some researchers believe that the amygdala may also be involved in autism. According to research conducted by the University of Washington, elevated activity in the amygdala may be linked to certain autistic behaviors.
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The amygdala may be involved with emotion and aggression in humans.

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