This is Your Brain in Meltdown. Scientific American SOURCE: “STRESS SIGNALLING PATHWAYS THAT IMPAIR PREFRONTAL CORTEX STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION,” BY AMY F. T. ARNSTEN, IN NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE, VOL. 10; JUNE 2009
Amygdala: Located near the hippocampus in the frontal portion of the temporal lobes, the amygdala: are involved in the formation and storage of information related to emotional events; facilitate long-term memory formation; convert and retain learning from pleasure responses; and help us recognize when we are in danger or fearful of something. Injury to the amygdala may affect: memory formation; emotional sensitivity; learning & retention; depression; and anxiety.
Superior view of the brain revealing the visual pathway and superior sagittal sinus. Electrical nerve impulses travel from the eyes to the occipital lobe in the back of the brain via millions of nerves fibers that make up the visual pathway.