limbic system


Definition of limbic system

: a group of subcortical structures (such as the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala) of the brain that are concerned especially with emotion and motivation

Examples of limbic system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Above the nasal cavity is the olfactory bulb and, when stimulated by scent molecules, its neurons send messages directly to the brain's limbic system, which controls behavioral and emotional responses. Paige Stables, Allure, 4 Aug. 2022 At the same time, signals are sent to the part of the brain that deals with emotions (the limbic system). Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2022 As well as smelling good, inhaling an aromatherapy oil can directly impact the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotional and behavioral responses. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 23 July 2022 These changes include structural and functional abnormalities in the limbic system, which is associated with emotion and includes the amygdala and hippocampus. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 Republican Party politics in the twenty-first century have devolved into an attack on the national limbic system, using fear as the chief tool. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Fragrance can imprint on the memory because the brain allows olfactory signals to move to the limbic system very quickly, helping notes of strong bergamot tie you with strength in your romantic partner or crush's mind. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Your limbic system is where tastes and odors are processed. Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2019 My wife and daughter’s presence, however, had put me in a state of man-dad hypervigilance, with my limbic system on primordial high alert. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 2 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of limbic system

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Limbic system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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: a group of subcortical structures (as the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala) of the brain that are concerned especially with emotion and motivation

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