Limbic System


The limbic system is a set of neural structures lying underneath the neocortex and gathered around the deep medial portions of the forebrain. The nuclei and primitive cortical areas of the limbic system are critically important for the satisfaction of the essential needs of the individual, including those of sustenance, procreation, self‐protection and the protection of offspring.

Keywords: hippocampus; amygdala; septal area; cingulate cortex; hypothalamus

Further Reading

Alheid GF, de Olmos JS and Beltramino CA (1995) Amygdala and extended amygdala. In: Paxinos G (ed.) The Rat Nervous System, 2nd edn, pp. 495–578. San Diego: Academic Press.

Ikemotot S and Panskepp J (1999) The role of nucleus accumbens dopamine in motivated behaviour: a unifying interpretation with special reference to reward‐seeking. Brain Research Reviews 31: 6–41.

MacLean PD (1989) Brain in the Triune Evolution. New York: Plenum Press.

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Isaacson, Robert L(Jul 2003) Limbic System. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000155]