Limbic Brain & Memory

The main focus of my recent posts on our Emotion Need, have been on human emotions and the emotional functions of the Limbic Brain –> the Affective  Domain. However, I keep in mind that the Limbic Brain has a major memory function. The Limbic Brain is distinctively involved in both present and past memories. It is worth noting that emotionally the Limbic Brain doesn’t forget past traumatic memories. The Affective Domain involves both personal conscious and unconscious memories. It entails significant human species transgenerational collective unconscious memories. Emotions and memory interact in the Limbic Brain. When it comes to memory, evolution has dictated that our emotional memories are going to play a central role in the life we live. Many early emotions (especially from the ages 0-5) are precognitive memories. These preverbal memories were formed long before there was Neocortex cognitive component to them. However, starting between the  ages 5-7 there develops vast neuronal interconnections between the Limbic system, and the Neocortex that will add a thinking component to memories. For example, the hippocampus has a key role in emotional memory, and with the development of neural connections to the Neocortex the hippocampus became important in neocortical memory retrieval. The evolutionary anatomical development of thalamic-cortical interconnections give another significant path for neocortical memory retrieval. Down the road I will go into detail about trauma, memory, and PTSD.

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