The Limbic System: Anatomy, Functions and Disorders


Russel T. Geary (Editor)

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: SCI089000

The primary cortical areas that we include under the umbrella of the limbic system include the olfactory cortex, amygdala and hippocampal formation, and nearly all parahippocampal cortex and cingulate cortex, but also caudal orbital and medial prefrontal cortex and part of the temporal polar cortex, and the ventral part of the agranular and dysgranular part of the insular cortex. It should be noted that researchers still disagree on how many and which areas exactly comprise the limbic system, however, most agree that it includes the hippocampus, subicular cortex, parahippocampal cortex, cingulate cortex, septal nuclei, basolateral amygdala, mammillary bodies, the anterior thalamic nuclei and their interconnections and connections.

Subcortical areas, such as the cortical and central amygdala, the septal nuclei, and diencephalic regions, including the mammillary bodies and the anterior thalamic nuclei, make up the rest of the limbic system. The limbic system is highly interconnected, both by direct connections and by indirect projections through diencephalic regions such as the mammillary bodies and the anterior thalamic nuclei. This book discusses the areas of the limbic system which play a role in epilepsy; chronic musculoskeletal pain; the effects altered gravity may have on the limbic system; and finally, the affects opioid addiction has on the limbic system. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Limbic System Plays a Significant Role in Epilepsy (pp. 1-20)
Larry Ver Hoef, Inga Kadish and Thomas van Groen (University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA)

Chapter 2 – The Limbic System and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (pp. 21-38)
Kieran Macphail (Bowskill Clinic, London, UK)

Chapter 3 – The Effects of Altered Gravity on the Limbic System (pp. 39-56)
Robert Lalonde and Catherine Strazielle (Université de Rouen, Dépt. Psychologie, Laboratoire ICONES, Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex, France, and others)

Chapter 4 – Limbic System Alterations in Opioid Addiction (pp. 57-78)
Anna G. Polunina and Evgeny A. Bryun (Moscow Research and Practical Center for Narcology, Department of Healthcare of Moscow, Russia)



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