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Journal Article (Refereed)
April 2009

The role of the hypothalamus part 3: A key to the control of emotions and behaviour.

Braine, M 2009, 'The role of the hypothalamus part 3: A key to the control of emotions and behaviour. ', British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing , 5(4), pp.157-164.

Abstract

The article explores the role of the hypothalamus in controlling emotions—in particular, pleasure, reward and aggression—and the neurotransmitters involved. Humans experience a great variety of emotions, and particular emotions can be described in many ways with subtle distinctions, for example, fear and trepidation, anger and rage, sadness and sorrow, pleasure and elation, calm and contentment, affection and love. Many distinct areas of the brain are implicated in emotions, and have been studied extensively over the years, leading to the notion that a neural circuitry is involved with key areas such as the amygdala, frontal cortex, limbic system and the hypothalamus. Some key historical researchers in this area and their discoveries are reviewed in this article, and some clinical presentations that relate to hypothalamic dysfunction are discussed. Finally, some areas for future research are identified.
 

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Publication Details

Journal Name
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

Volume
5(4)

Pagination
157-164.