The amygdala is a group of nuclei located within the anterior medial portion of the brain’s temporal lobe. Part of the limbic system, the amygdala is involved in processing of emotions, particularly fear, although its constituent nuclei – the basolateral nucleus, the central nucleus, the lateral nucleus – have diverse functions.

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    There is disagreement on how best to define and investigate fear. Nature Neuroscience asked Dean Mobbs to lead experts from the fields of human and animal affective neuroscience to discuss their viewpoints on how to define fear and how to move forward with the study of fear.

    • Dean Mobbs
    • , Ralph Adolphs
    • , Michael S. Fanselow
    • , Lisa Feldman Barrett
    • , Joseph E. LeDoux
    • , Kerry Ressler
    •  & Kay M. Tye
    Nature Neuroscience 22, 1205-1216
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    The sexually dimorphic responses of male and female mice to their young are regulated by the activity of a specific population of neurons in the medial amygdala.

    • Katherine Whalley
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    In mice, neurons in the anterior cingulate cortex that project to the basolateral amygdala are required for observational learning.

    • Natasha Bray