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The amygdala is an almond-shape set of neurons located deep in the brain's medial temporal lobe and adjacent to the hippocampus. The amygdala forms part of the limbic system and plays an important role in processing emotions. The amygdala is linked to both fear responses and pleasure.

Conditions such as anxiety, autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias are suspected of being linked to abnormal functioning of the amygdala, owing to damage, developmental problems, or neurotransmitter imbalance.

The amygdala is also responsible for determining what memories are stored and where the memories are stored in the brain. It is thought that this determination is based on how huge an emotional response an event invokes.