You know what’s pretty amazing? The human brain. It’s like a rich tapestry of unknown wonder waiting to be discovered. We know so little about the brain, and many of us use so little of our brains, which just shows the scope we have for finding out more. It’s easy to think of our brains as being one big, complete organ when in reality it’s actually more complicated than this.
The brain is actually rather complex, and made up of many small structures, operating almost like a computer. All the different components within the brain combine to help us carry out daily tasks, such as walking, talking, and thinking. And, among the brain’s structures, the amygdala is among the most important and well-known. Here are some key facts you never knew about this fascinating part of the brain.
It controls your fear
Fear is one of the most powerful human emotions, and the amygdala is the part of the brain that controls our fear. When we encounter something scary, the amygdala is the first part of the brain to weigh-in, controlling and affecting our emotional responses. It is also responsible for triggering all the visceral emotions we have – not just fear. In fact, if you were to have your amygdala removed, which is certainly possible, it would actually stop you experiencing fear!
It serves an important purpose
Aside from just identifying fear and extreme emotions, the amygdala serves another important purpose as well. It also assists us in our emotional learning by regulating memory and attention and associating experiences with rewards or aversion. The amygdala gives us that important link between mind and body and plays an important role in the way the brain and the bodywork in tandem.
It can help us understand addiction
Addiction is a fascinating affliction and one that scientists have studied for some time. It has been determined that addiction is actually considered a brain disease, and this is often why it is so difficult for people to kick their addiction. The amygdala plays a role in the brain during the withdrawal stage of addiction, and can be crucial in helping us understand what drives addictive impulses, and how to prevent withdrawal in the future.
It remains elusive
Every year we are learning more and more about the makeup of the brain, and how it works. In spite of this, there are still areas we don’t know much about, and the amygdala is one of those. Despite the evolution of brain-imaging technology it is still actually quite difficult to study the amygdala because it is located so deep in the brain. However, the hope is that with time, and further research, it will become possible to do this.
The brain is fascinating, and there are few areas of the brain as important or interesting as the amygdala. This is such an important part of who we are, and what we experience, and the major part of the brain. The more we learn about the amygdala, the more interesting it becomes, and, hopefully, we will learn even more about it in the future.